Learn to play anything, from classical to pop classics to contemporary music! Also master proper technique and other foundational skills that can be carried into any kind of music-making.
I have been playing music since I was 7, and now play the guitar, bass, violin, piano, and I also sing. By the time I entered the University of Southern California, I had released my first album of original music, toured the west coast with my own band, toured internationally to China, Canada, France, England, Hungary, Ukraine, and Austria, and performed with The Vienna Boys Choir among other notable musical ensembles.
Since receiving my Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance (with a minor in Music Recording) from USC, I have released three more albums of original music, produced four albums for other artists, and have toured nationally with my own band. I currently play in three Los Angeles area bands and am the live sound engineer for another. I have taught guitar at West Coast Music Academy 18 months, and have taught private lesso
ns for the last 6 years.
With all of this experience and knowledge, I offer a student a very rich understanding of many styles of music. I can ensure that a student gets on the right track towards a bright musical future, whether they want to become a professional musician or whether they want guitar as a lifelong hobby.
*** Lesson Details *** When you take lessons from me, you will be taking the fastest route to success: playing a lot of guitar! We will cover everything from music theory to technique to soloing to playing your favorite songs, but we won't be spending the lesson time talking. Everything you learn will be quickly put into a playable, practical context, so that you learn the most, and have the most fun!
I have high expectations for my students, and practicing every day is a requirement. But because my curriculum is personally tailored to each individual student, and involves a lot of the music that the student is most passionate about, I find my students often love to practice! I also use a variety of musical texts to enrich the students learning (including, but not limited to, Practical Theory for Guitar by Don Latarski, Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner, the Real Book series, and various Mel Bay books).
After about 6 months, a new student will have learned most basic chords and scales, the building blocks of playing solos, and a good handful of their favorite songs! More experienced students will have enriched their understanding of guitar and how it relates to the music they love, and music that is new to them!
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons will happen in a studio room at the guest house, electric/acoustic guitars, bass and amps are available, it has instruments on the wall, computer with recording equipment, free street parking. In the event that a student in allergic to cats/dogs, the lessons can occur on the backyard at a roofed area.
*** Travel Equipment *** guitar, amp, any effects if necessary. student must provide guitar (any kind)
*** Specialties *** I specialize in rock, pop, folk, and jazz guitar styles. I focus on material that the individual student is excited about and wants to learn, and incorporate fundamentals and other pertinent skills necessary to maximize the students ability.
For bass guitar I specialize in rock and pop.
Contemporary songwriting technique is not genre-specific and I can teach any type of songwriting, from hip hop to country to rock. I have been a songwriter for 7 years, and have released 3 full length albums and one EP of my original material. I was also a student in the pilot classes which later became USC's Popular Music degree program. These classes focused on songwriting and were taught by industry veterans Chris Sampson and Richard Smith.
I was trained in advanced music theory as part of my degree from USC. I integrate theory into my other lessons but I can also teach theory alone.
I have advanced skills with ProTools and have extensive experience (5 years) in recording, from professional studios to personal home setups.
After the first lesson you will be making music, playing songs and be on your way to achieving your musical goals with the piano. Piano playing requires a knowledge of technique, chords, theory, as well as knowing songs all of which we will begin to learn in your first lesson.
Depending on your interests, I teach traditional piano where you learn how to read music as well as popular styles where you learn to play chords and popular songs from rote.
With 10+ years as a music teacher and professional musician I have picked up many approaches that will insure you are making the most progress and truly finding your musical voice.
As a teacher, I have worked with of many ages and backgrounds. One of my students, Skylar Stecker, has gone on to become a successful major label recording artist recently becoming the youngest artist to receive a number 1 on the dance billboard charts. I recently had the opportunity to tour with her as her guitarist and pianist.
I have studied, performed and taught music for over 10 years. I hold a B.A. in music from USC. My professional experience as a musician and teacher has led me to many areas of the music business. I've worked as an apprentice to several established film composers and arrangers and have had the opportunity work with Lionel Hampton New York Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Clayton Brothers, Rachelle Farrell, Michael Buble, and Charles Aznavour. I play guitar, mandolin, piano,
bass, ukulele, banjo as well as write music.
*** Lesson Details *** I am extremely patient and firmly believe that anybody can learn to play music.
I try to keep my teaching philosophy simple. We figure out your musical goals and aspirations and carve out a path to achieving them. Along the way I will try to illuminate how the path to attaining your goals and aspirations is best taken at an enjoyable, relaxed pace and with a strong work ethic.
I always prepare for your lessons based on your interests, integrating relevant books and videos, creating handouts tailored to what we are studying in order to maintain clarity.
My name is Ray, I'm 31 years old, and was born in Queens, NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at the Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. During this program I was introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.
I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for approximately 16 years now, and can say with pride that teaching is my passion, and I anticipate it remaining a very important part of my life.
I enjoy reading nonfiction books on science, math, and philosophy.
*** Lesson Details *** My music lessons are unique for three main reasons:
1. I h
ave a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, and feel music to be one of my native languages.
2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.
3. I have been blessed with the tremendous amount of patience necessary to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for each individual.
*** Equipment *** Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials (books, etc). From time to time I make my way to a local music shop, and am happy to purchase materials for reimbursement.
*** Specialties *** Classical music is my background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively and emotionally fulfilling style of music to listen to, study, and play. That said, I'm also a big fan of pop music (as well as other genres), and encourage students to enjoy, for example, learning their favorite songs from the radio.
My understanding of music theory is extremely thorough, and I'm happy to incorporate as much or as little of it as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to get the most out of learning music and the instrument.
Thanks for checking out my profile! Please contact me with any additional questions you may have, as well as to inquire about day/time availability. I'll do my best to get back to you right away (usually within a few hours).
My daughter is loving her cello lessons with Ray even more than she expected. She feels she is really improving.
March 28, 2014
My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.
Beginning classical and/or contemporary* piano (with focus on form to avoid wrist injury) for children learning for the first time or singers who'd like to accompany themselves.
*Basic music theory will also be covered in covered in contemporary styles.
Bachelor's in musical theater performance from Columbia College Chicago. Audition prep (acting/singing) and vocal technique for clients since 2007.
Master's in music therapy from NYU 2019. MT-BC, certified music therapist.
Voice lessons: My critique during your lesson is always honest, so you know when I give you a compliment it is well deserved. I especially love working with non-singers and helping them find their voice. I always start with an assessment to see where your work is currently at and where we can go from there. I keep notes during your lesson, send you home with your homework for the week, and I use those notes to think of personalized ways to improve your technique before your next lesson.
If honesty and results are what you're looking for in a teacher, I promise to be that teacher for you.
Music therapy: I
come from an approach that is holistic and growth-centered. I work with you to set attainable goals while using active music-making and other music therapy techniques to process issues that are hard to talk about, find coping skills, and enhance daily life.
*** Lesson Details *** Whether you're studying vocal technique or prepping for an audition with me, each lesson starts with an assessment. Then, we start with where you are at that moment and push your technique to the next level. Afterwards, I will send you an email with notes from the lesson and your homework.
My goal is cultivate your technique and discipline to take you to the next level of your performance.
*** Studio Equipment *** -Digital piano -Large mirror (to see your technique) -Various small percussive instruments -Harmonic stringed instruments
*Please note, lessons and music therapy sessions are held in my office in my home. I have cats and small dogs that will *not* interrupt sessions, however the dogs may bark for a few minutes from another room when you first come in. Also, I have air purifiers throughout the house but those with severe allergies should keep this in mind.
*** Specialties *** Beginner voice for non-singers, new singers, or singers that have been out of the game for a while.
Adaptive piano lessons for children and teens on the autism spectrum.
Music therapy for those diagnosed with mental health issues or those who need a creative, therapeutic environment to deal with life issues.
Audition prep for both film/stage acting and singing auditions. (Great results!)
The curriculum are designed for each student’s interests and needs. It is better suit each student, so that they can learn music through their favorite songs and genres.
Classically trained, Mr. Cai believes in the importance of theory, musicianship skills, and technique to enjoy playing the piano regardless of genre; He makes sure that all his students learn strong foundations in all areas.
After being a dedicated piano teacher for 10 years, Mr. Cai continues finding the best suitable teaching method for his individual students. His passion for teaching and dedication to students are especially shown in working with the students with special needs, which he considers the most fruitful and rewarding experience in his teaching career. Mr. Cai’s wish is all his students will forever enjoy music.
Tiannan Cai, CEO & Founder of Movement Music Productions, Inc.He born in Ningbo, Mainland China, musically-trained in United States and now based in Los Angeles. He graduated from University of Southern California Thornton School of Music with Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (SMPTV). In early 2016, He served as Orchestrator for film composer Heitor Pereira (Despicable Me 1&2, Smurfs 1&2, Angry Bird, etc.) at Remote Control Productions, which founded by Hans Zimmer who is recognized as one of Hollywood’s most innovative musical talents.
In the past few years, Tiannan composed a lot of Chinese films, animations, and video games, documentaries and held recording sessions at major scoring stages in Hollywood, such as Warner Bros. EastWest Studios, and Capitol Records, etc.
Rich is a professional pianist, having performed in NYC, Europe, and Los Angeles.
Rich has been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home and online. Rich has helped students from beginners to advanced improve their musical abilities and perform with confidence.
Rich received his training at The Hartt School, The Juilliard School, and NYU where he received a degree in Music Education and Technology. As an expert in his field, Rich looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Rich's teaching style is inspiring, challenging, and fun.
Number one is we always have fun, though we do a lot of hard work too! Lessons are split between technical/theoretical music study, and live performance practice. Emphasis is on gaining skills in coordination and dexterity, understanding the theory behind compositions, and finding individual expression with each piece. Technique exercises follow the Dozen A Day series; Lessons, Sight-Reading, and Theory from Faber & Faber; skills are applied to a performance song of the students' choosing. Students generally select a song at their level in either Classical, Jazz or Contemporary style. All students are required to practice at least 5 mins a day, every day. Each performance piece is later performed live in concert.
Jameson is a recording artist, songwriter and producer. He is a graduate from the University of Oregon, and holds a BA in Theater Arts, Music and Business.
As a vocalist, Jameson sings regularly in a wide variety of styles. He has studied the Alexander Method, Body Mapping, Singing by Speaking Voice, and Vowel Isolation as well as the application of this technical work through text and emotion. He completed the classical vocal performance pedagogy and created an extended fusion technique for Gospel, Pop and Musical Theater singing which utilizes similar principals. As an actor, his training includes work with both the Stanislavski Method, Meisner Technique, Shakespeare and Lyric Performance, Clowning, Improvisation, Dance/Movement for actors, and exposure to Stella Adler, Uta Hagen and Lee Strasberg's work. Jameson has also writ
ten three fully produced musicals for the stage, and continues to write and produce blues and pop music.
Firstly, Jameson is not a voice teacher for money. I do not know anyone who genuinely loves music and singing more than him. Jameson's passion for performing is evident from the moment you meet him. His rates are very reasonable considering the top-notch quality of the lessons. He focuses on the fundamentals of releasing your authentic voice rather than specialized techniques to mimic other performers. He listens carefully to your thoughts and feelings throughout each lesson, adjusting accordingly. He challenges you to express how your body is working with your vocals after each try so that you are able to be aware of your voice outside of lessons as well. He ensures that the lesson is fun and fast-paced so that you can feel great strides in vocal improvement with each time.
Thanks to Jameson, my voice has been freed. I sing strongly, with control, and with passion any chance I get. The confidence Jameson has giving me in my singing voice is quite honestly, priceless.
August 10, 2017
"Jameson is incredible. During my junior year of high school I was not selected for the All State Choir and it devastated me. Jameson was a fairly new vocal teacher in the area and was so accommodating to me when I reached out. Under his guidance I was able to further my confidence as a singer and a performer. Jameson's focused optimism really drove me to push myself. I am so thankful for my time with him and I would recommend him to any student who is ready for the "next step" but isn't quite sure where to go."
August 10, 2017
"Before Jameson, I had tried out a few other vocal coaches that worked for semi large companies. These vocal coaches only focused on making each individual song sound good, but didn’t actually help me improve my voice at all. This wasn’t what I was looking for. However, my first lesson with Jameson was eye opening. I remember on the very first day he got me to come out of my shell and make my voice do things it hadn’t done before! I remember being amazed at the vocal range that Jameson helped me uncover and the different ways to help give my breath support; allowing my vocal chords to resonate smoothly and on key. Not only did he give me coaching in both pop and classical, but he gave me confidence in my voice and many opportunities to showcase what I had learned.
Other than the concerts that Jameson sets up himself, he also gave me an opportunity to try out for The Voice. This experience was one of a kind! It was a several day experience where me and a select few other people came to the Tabor Studio and worked on our songs together with multiple coaches to critique our voices so that we would improve for the following day when we actually got to professionally record the songs that we practiced to send to the voice! In addition to this, Jameson helped me place top 10 in the final for Portland Teen Idol, which hosted a few hundred singers. All in all, I regret nothing about my relationship with Jameson. If someone was looking for a vocal coach, Jameson Tabor would be the first person that I would point to."
Learning music should be fun and exciting. Therefore, I cater my lessons to each individual student's needs and abilities. I primarily teach pop/modern piano, however I can teach classical as well. My lessons begin with the student picking out two or three songs they have always wanted to learn to play and we make those our goals for the season. If the student is a beginner, we take it slow and then build into what we think the goals should be for them.
Hi, there! My name is Jennifer and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students play by ear, learn to read music, and improvise pop songs. I went to Temple University in Philadelphia and earned a degree in music production. I'm a stress free and easy going person and my teaching style is catered to the student's interests, long term goals, and personality. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
My teaching experience began while working as the music teacher at a day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities called SpArc Services in Philadelphia. I taught private piano, voice and guitar students through a studio called Philly Music Lessons for 2+ years. I also was the music teacher for the Lansdowne Presbyterian Pre-School in Pennsylvania.
I teach my students out of my comfortable home/studio in Van Nuys, but can teach online and travel to you. The regular styles I teach are: Pop, rock, RnB, improvisational piano, classical voice/piano.
Very good natured, and easy to take instruction from.
More suited to electric guitar enthusiasts, than acoustic players. I would recommend Jennifer.
February 7, 2019
jENNIFER WAS VERY PATIENT WITH OUR 13 YO GRANDSON WHO IS IN HE AUTISTIC SPECTRUM. HE TOOK 5 LESSONS AS A TRIAL. WE HOPE HE IS NOW INTERESTED IN MUSIC AND MAY CONTINUE WITH LESSONS THIS SUMMER WHEN HE IS OUT OF SCHOOL
November 17, 2018
Jennifer is best teacher ever!
Very patient with our seven year old, fun and easy lessons,
kid is always very happy to go to class!
"Miss Anna has been teaching our daughter for over three years. She is a very dedicated teacher who cares a lot about our daughter’s advancement. She is ve
ry nice, and gentle, but knows how to motivate her students to work harder. Our daughter enjoys this, because she feels that Miss Anna really cares, and the results are obvious. In the past three years our daughter’s technique has improved tremendously."
"First piano lesson and first online learning experience. Looking forward to next week!"
"My son LOVES piano lessons with Ms. Joni; he is delighted to practice, loves going to lessons, and is very proud of himself. This is not our first music t
eacher, and this certainly hasn't always been the case. I'm sure we will hit a normal bump or two down the road, but we are thrilled to have found an excellent teacher (it really does make all the difference). I highly recommend her."
"Marci is a great piano teacher!
My 8 year old daughter loves going to see Marci for lessons each week! Marci teaches with care and yet gives just enough
guidance. My daughter loves to practice and does so without prompting. Thank you, Marci!"
"Lana has proven to be a wonderful teacher over the past couple of months since I have been using her. I have a demanding sales job in Florida that require
s me to travel by car all of the time. Basically living out of hotel rooms a couple months out of the year, I have not been able to continue my hobbies so easily especially playing the piano. After having a dinner conversation with a co-worker, he mentioned to me that I take online piano classes. He knew of Lana through a relative that recently had a recital that he attended and was impressed with their progress. Sounded like a great idea. I reached out to Lana, put the keyboard in the trunk of the car, and the rest was history! I was a little hesitant of taking online instruction at first but it really has allowed me to continue my hobbies on the road and greater flexibility when I am home as well. The quality of the video streaming works well and I really enjoy the instruction that Lana has provided for me. She seemed to understand my pace of learning and had me fine tuning some technical issues that I was having. I am extremely satisfied with her services and look forward to our instructional sessions. I would definitely recommend her to anyone interested in taking piano lessons online or in person."
"I've had other teachers, but Aldrin is a natural. I recommend him highly"
"Chelsea is very friendly and great with kids!"
"Arden was my daughter's piano teacher for 4 years and she was amazing! She was extremely patient and encouraging. My daughter truly looked forward to her
weekly piano lessons with Arden and was very disappointed when Arden moved away."
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