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About Jonathan S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Jonathan
I am a graduate of the Wheaton Conservatory of Music with a B.Mus.degree in Piano and Composition, and have taught private piano and drum lessons for over 15 years. I have experience with children and adults of all ages. I've performed with many bands over the years (US and Europe) including Mavis Staples, Andrew Bird, Tim Booth, Mucca Pazza, Bobby Conn, The Detholz, and Paris Delane.

My approach to teaching is fun and varied according to students needs and personalities. I teach reading, ear training, theory, technique, composition, song writing, performance, etc...and want to work with students on music that THEY want to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha full sized digital piano
Fender Jazz Bass
Fender Stratocaster Guitar
Recording computer with Komplete 6, Ableton, etc.
Rode NT1 Condensor mic
Shure SM57's, Shure Bet
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Bell set
Melodica's

*** Travel Equipment ***
For in home lessons, it's important that students have the instrument(s) that we're working on; this could be a snare drum, an electric keyboard, piano, bass guitar and practice amp, etc.

*** Specialties ***
For young kids on piano, I've worked a lot with a couple of things, including James Bastien and Piano Adventures books, simple transcriptions of songs students know and want to play, simple ear training games, and things like 5 finger scales.

For older students, i get them into a more disciplined routine with exercises and theory, but also cater repertoire to their interests. My playing background is pretty broad, including classical (in the broad sense of the term) study and performance (recital and competition), and rock and roll, blues, jazz performance.

I get excited about teaching composition, songwriting, and any higher level theory.

Drummers get the rudiments, independence practice, style study, reading, transcription, etc. I do lots of hands only work, but incorporate full kit playing as early as possible knowing that for a kid (or adult for that matter), sitting behind a drumkit is a very exciting thing and you wanna play it all. As with piano, i do transcriptions of favorite songs/beats for students often. My background on drumset and percussion is broad as well, from orchestral to rock and metal to jazz and big band, etc.

in general, i like to know what music my students are into, and will try to include material in those realms in their studies.
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Suzanne E. January 21, 2014
· Piano ·
A talented musician and teacher, who is genuinely responsive to his students' needs.

My son took piano lessons from Jon at a time when he wanted to experiment with different types of musical expression. Jon was extremely responsive to his needs, and worked with him on everything from improvisation, to jazz licks to a Brahms ballade. Jon understands that teaching music is not a "one-size-fits-all" endeavor, and draws on his wide range of musical experience to tailor a program that's right for your child. He is an extremely talented musician and a dedicated, caring teacher.
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Laura G. January 14, 2014
· Drum ·
Jon is superb

My stepson took drum lessons with Jon for at least three years. I was impressed with my kid's progress on his drum set. Jon is so passionate about music, and I could see my son really connect to Jon easily. Jon was very available to discuss schedule changes and is a very nice down to earth guy. I highly recommend him.
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David Z. January 10, 2014
· Piano ·
Amazing teacher and all around phenomenal artist!

I took lessons from Jon for over 8 years, twice a week, including Jazz/Blues piano, voice, theory, and even drums. Let me first say that Jon is an all-around amazing artist that can master many instrument or genre of music. Taking lessons with him was something I looked forward to every week. He was an expert in all things jazz and blues, and really explained the theory and techniques well. I learned so much from him over those years that I can never repay. Unfortunately, he moved away to Cali, and I have not yet found a replacement that even comes close. I highly recommend Jon for music lessons in any instrument.
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Jonathan S.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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$35 / 30-min

About Jessie M.

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Pasadena, CA

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Music theory is extremely important for instrumentalists, composers, and singers. In our lessons you will be able to get help with papers, research, homework, test preparation, composition, or we can learn from scratch in my studio. I teach with patience and fun because I feel that this is the key to achieving goals and inspiring a good habit of practice. No experience is necessary, that is what I'm here for!

About Jessie
Thank you for your interest in lessons! I hope to help you achieve your goals and improve your skills, whether you're looking for music lessons, or help in math. Every student is a unique person who deserves a lesson customized to their individual needs. Each of my students prosper in an atmosphere of patience and encouragement. While the lessons are fun and enjoyable, the serious student will be supported in the development of skills leading to a rewarding career, and the more casual students will grow in an appreciation of knowledge that will enrich their lives.

Experience:

I received my bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on vocal performance at the University of Redlands in 2011 (which I attended on a music talent scholarship), and am now an active performer in Los Angeles, CA. I have been tutoring and teaching privat
e lessons for almost 10 years, and currently have over 40 active students.

I have played leading roles in several operas and musicals in Southern California, including Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme (DTL nominee), The Impresario, The Grand Duke, Patience (DTL award), Cosi fan tutte, Little Women, Seussical, and many more. I have also appeared in several concerts, opera scenes, competitions (winning music scholarships and theater awards), and worked as a singer in churches, restaurants, and in pop bands. I continue to stay active in the performance industry, and I could never live without it!

With this experience under my belt, I feel a desire to pass on my knowledge to students. I carry a strong passion to help people develop their abilities and make them their own. I truly believe that if someone wants something out of life they will achieve it with dedication, perseverance, confidence, and by having FUN doing it!

*Note: My home office has a lot of stairs and two cats. If you are disabled or have a feline allergy, please consider in-home lessons or lessons online.
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Karl J. June 4, 2019
· Singing · In home
Jessie is a great vocal teacher and coach. I just wanted to be able to sing casually with friends and family, without sounding too hideous, and Jessie is great!
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· Math · Online
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Jessie M.

Pasadena, CA 91103
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About Mary D.

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Trabuco Canyon, CA

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Beginners through AP Music Theory class level, keyboard skills are also taught in conjunction with music theory instruction.

About Mary
My name is Mary and I have been teaching piano, voice, violin, and music theory for more than 35 years. I have an undergraduate degree in music, a masters degree in special education, and a doctoral degree in education. I am a professional musical director and have directed over 50 shows.  I am also a music therapist and I have special skills in teaching instruments to children with special needs. I love working with kids! Musical theater is my specialty and if you are a singer I can help you belt your way to Broadway!

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I teach lessons in my home studio, at your home, and online. Every 3 months I host a student recital at my home studio. Students may choose to play a solo, duet, or be in a small group number with other students. I offer a fun, no-stress approach to learning music!

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Grand piano, violin, computer, keyboard, 1/4 violin for young children

*** Specialties ***
Piano, Voice, Violin, Music Theory

For piano I specialize in working with young children- Music for Little Mozarts (ages 4-6), Prep Course (ages 5-7) and Older beginners (ages 8 and up). I also teach intermediate to early advanced level classical piano.

Violin- I teach Suzuki Method (beginners through Book 7) to students age 5 and up. I also teach intermediate and early advanced classical styles.

Voice- I offer Music Theater Vocal training, audition prep, acting in song, monologue coaching, preparation for high school and college auditions, contemporary and pop singing styles.

Music Theory-Beginners through AP Music Theory class level, keyboard skills are also taught in conjunction with music theory instruction.
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Sofia G. February 12, 2019
· Piano · In studio
first piano class, a "10"
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Beth W. January 10, 2017
· Singing · In home
Mary is a great instructor. Super patient and mellow, she understands how to bring kids out of their shell and help to create a good experience with performing.
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Beth W. August 24, 2016
· Singing · In home
We are super happy with Mary. She is patient, understanding, and calming, putting my kid at ease in this new situation. She understands learning challenges and can easily adapt her instruction to fit the child's needs. I would recommend her to anyone!
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Mary D.

Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
(9)
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$37.50 / 30-min

About Ark S.

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South Pasadena, CA

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Basic Theory such as notation, note value, intervals and diatonic chodes, traditional harmony.
Intermediate Theory such as key signature, modal scales, etc.
Advanced Theory such as harmony with tentions, modal interchange, reharmonization including substitute cords, atonal harmonic concepts, etc.

About Ark
Over twenty years of experience in teaching classical and jazz piano technique and music theory to students of variety of levels.
I have taught vast variety of students from elementary school to adults, beginner to intermediate.
Offer tailored lessons according to the students’ level, progress and character.
Popular among students and parents for reliable, kind and pleasant character.
Summa Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music.
Internationally acclaimed Jazz/classical pianist, composer and music director.
Instructor of Composition and Preparation for Competition at Yamaha Music School JACCC and Torrance in 1991. Five students received awards including the Grand Prix.

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I offer instruction of classical/jazz piano skills and music theory.
I help student’s school performance and/or music analys
is project as well, and open to music which student brings. (theme song from TV program or movie, pops, etc.)
I only travel (means I visit student's home for lessons, don't offer lessons at my home) and I expect student to have a acoustic piano or better quality electric keyboard at home.

*** Specialties ***
Classical and Jazz piano, theory, arranging and composition
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Daniel F. May 16, 2018
· Piano · In home
Ark was professional and his love for music showed in the way he was instructing my son. Looking forward to many more lessons. thank you!
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Priscilla B. June 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ark is an awesome teacher for my 8 and 6 year olds. He is patient, thorough, consistent, and manages to keep their attention! I have noticed my kids are more interested in music, and have been progressive more quickly with Ark. Great teacher!
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lydiaz September 12, 2010
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good learning experience

Ark is very patient and encouraging. I really enjoyed the learning process so far.
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Ark S.

South Pasadena, CA 91030
(3)
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$34 / 30-min

About Matthew S.

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Long Beach, CA
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I have my masters in music from CalArts, I assure you that we can get to the bottom of any music theory question you would need to know.

About Matthew
HELLO!

My name is Matthew Smith and I love music and I love to teach it even more. Although my upbringing is in jazz and classical music, I am very fluent in latin, hiphop, rock, pop and more world music as well.
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Matthew S.

Long Beach, CA 90802
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$50 / 30-min
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About Payam E.

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Fullerton, CA
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For all instruments and Containing intervals , scales and modes and chord lessons, time signatures and musical signs and the basics of harmony.

About Payam
Bachelor degree in music performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, with concentration on jazz and contemporary music. with more than a decade of experience in teaching guitar both private and academically and to any age group. also capable of playing and teaching different genres of music from jazz to rock and pop.
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Payam E.

Fullerton, CA 92831
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$30 / 30-min

About Mesrop S.

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Sun Valley, CA

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I love teaching theory! People tend to have problems with theory, and my favorite part is simplifying the most complex ideas and making them understand it. There is no feeling more satisfying than that.

I teach all sorts of theory. Whether it's basic theory, song writing, harmony, or counterpoint, it's one of my favorite subjects to teach

About Mesrop
I am a music lover. I love anything and everything that is music. It has been one of the most consistent things in my life since I was a child, and there's nothing that makes me happier than making that a reality for someone else.

I've spent a lot of time studying with different musicians, such as Tigran Hamasyan, Ben Wendel, Ari Hoenig, Adam Benjamin, Josh Nelson, Vardan Ovsepian, and many other amazing musicians. I've also spent a lot of time studying different genres of music, which is why I'm capable of teaching almost any style of music.

I believe in designing lessons around each student's goals and needs, so every student gets a personally tailored lesson plan that will help excel them into being an amazing musician. I believe that great music teachers leave lasting impressions on their students. I wish to impart on my studen
ts the same lessons and experiences that have influenced me throughout my journey.
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Daniel August 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I have been wanting to learn piano for some time, and was recommended to Mesrop by a friend. He has been very patient with my pace of learning, which isn't always the fastest, and introduced concepts in a really logical and digestible way. Great guy and teacher, highly recommend!
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Arsen August 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
I've always enjoyed playing guitar and bass, but the added element of piano was something that seemed so daunting I convinced myself to let it go. Mesrop was able to break it down so simply for me from the start, and I'm extremely thankful for his patience and focus throughout lessons. Along the way, I picked up more on theory and am now more comfortably able to transcribe as well. I think he's a tremendous musician but an equally excellent teacher.
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Ken August 7, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
I was struggling with my Music Appreciation class and I really needed extra practice. Mesrop was really patient with me, and helped me throughout the semester- even at inconvenient times of the day. Passed with flying colors! Thank you!
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Mesrop S.

Glendale, CA 91202
(5)
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$25 / 30-min

About Tomoko O.

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Irvine, CA
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I have vast knowledge and teaching experience in music theory and ear training based on my education and teaching experience at Berklee College of Music. I can give you many practical tools to learn theory, and simple exercises to improve rhythmic, harmonic melodic sense in ear training.

About Tomoko
Tomoko has been teaching private lessons in piano, music theory and ear training since 2011, and is currently available to teach lessons at her home studio in Irvine, CA or at your home. Tomoko has helped students find joy and confidence in playing music. She is also able to guide you to play in a healthy manner. She has experience in helping students with learning difficulties and special needs.

After having trained classically in Tokyo and London, Tomoko relocated to Boston in 2011, to study jazz composition and performance at Berklee College of Music where she received a diploma in Professional Music in 2014. As an expert in her field, Tomoko always tries to keep student's learning experience fun and motivating, and looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. She has earned master's degree in performance from Longy S
chool of Music of Bard College, and is currently a Ph.D candidate in ICIT (Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology) at UC Irvine.
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Holly W. April 27, 2018
· Piano · In home
My first lesson went well. Tomoko is very patient. Even in one lesson, I felt I learned a lot. She finds out what level you're at to save time and plays to your interests. I look forward to more lessons.
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mosh N. June 28, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Tomoko is a not only a perfassional teacher, but also a talented improvisor! She has extensive knowledge of lots of kinds of music (ballet, Jazz, classic) and excellent skill of improvising. I observed her accompany class for ballet, she was very patient and helpful which are also very important qualities of being a teacher. it was a great experience!
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Don June 13, 2016
· Piano · In home
I am just starting to learn how to play the piano, and have had no past experience with other music teachers. Tomoko has a very pleasant and encouraging teaching style. Her approach is informal and she does not rely on a rigid "lesson plan". I would highly recommend her for those wanting a relaxed learning experience.
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Tomoko O.

Irvine, CA 92617
(10)
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$80 / 60-min

About Belinda C.

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Riverside, CA
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During lessons I will provide constant feedback and adjust lessons depending on your needs and level of understanding. Students have different learning styles so I will teach lessons that incorporate visual, verbal, and written teaching methods. Students can expect a professional, enthusiastic, and patient teacher that is serious about students learning the subjects material and also makes learning fun.

About Belinda
I am a professional working artist and I am also a site coordinator for an Expanded Learning program here in Riverside. I obtained a degree in Art Practice from UC Berkeley where I specialized in multimedia installations that included large scale paintings, sculptures, and original music/audio. Due to the versatility in my own work from large to very small scale paintings I have acquired techniques and skills for every scale in between.
I am a strong believer in self expression and visual literacy which gets stronger with the formulation of concepts one builds through inspiration for each painting. I enjoy teaching and learning what my students' interests are and what motivates them. I can help you learn specific skills for abstract paintings to detailed portraits.
Through research I have also learned that individua
ls benefit greatly from creative freedom thus performing better in other academic subjects, learning healthy ways of expression, and mentality feel fulfilled through the therapeutic effects of painting.
If you are looking to work with someone who loves what they do, who is patient, motivational, and can teach you basic to advanced skills in painting, drawing, music, and Spanish send me a message and we start your learning journey!
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jaymin August 15, 2018
· Piano · In home
She was wonderful
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Yun-Yun July 29, 2018
· Drawing · In home
The first lesson went very well with my daughter. Belinda was methodical in her teaching and approached the lesson with my daughter’s interest in mind. During the lesson, Belinda was able to actively engage my daughter the whole time, and more importantly, her teaching revived my daughter’s interest in drawing. She has already devised future plans to have my daughter practice sketching noses, eyes, and ears so that my daughter may draw the human face later with more realistic details.
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Belinda C.

Riverside, CA 92506
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$39 / 30-min

About Cullen G.

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Downey, CA
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aving been a musician for the last 15 years and a music teacher for the last six, I feel that at this point I can distill the most valuable lessons I've learned over the years and present them in an easy to grasp manner. As someone who continues to actively improve their own skills, I understand how to establish great practicing habits as well as get to the heart of what's most important in achieving different musical goals.

While guitar and bass are my primary instruments, I also play drums, keys, and ukulele. Constantly striving to revisit the state of being a beginner has allowed me to refine the universal qualities associated with learning in general, music especially. I have played in many different contexts, ranging from big bands and jazz combos to rock bands and recording projects. These different experiences have offered valuable insights into not only playing music, but also creating it and working together with other musicians. These insights are a joy to share ...

About Cullen
Having been a musician for the last 15 years and a music teacher for the last six, I feel that at this point I can distill the most valuable lessons I've learned over the years and present them in an easy to grasp manner. As someone who continues to actively improve their own skills, I understand how to establish great practicing habits as well as get to the heart of what's most important in achieving different musical goals.

While guitar and bass are my primary instruments, I also play drums, keys, and ukulele. Constantly striving to revisit the state of being a beginner has allowed me to refine the universal qualities associated with learning in general, music especially. I have played in many different contexts, ranging from big bands and jazz combos to rock bands and recording projects. These different experiences have offered
valuable insights into not only playing music, but also creating it and working together with other musicians. These insights are a joy to share and I feel that there's great value in helping others learn quickly and effectively.

The world of music is a vast one and the astonishing number of genres and unique artists is truly inspiring. When it comes to learning the particular language of a genre or artist there are specific nuances that create an overall feel when put together. I can not only show you how to practically employ those skills but I can also explain how it works in terms of theory, which can be invaluable when wanting to incorporate certain flavors into your own writing. My goal is to make your goals a priority while making the way there a fun yet efficient journey.

Thank you for your interest!
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Cullen G.

Downey, CA 90242
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$42 / 30-min

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