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About Milton J.

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Corona, CA

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I've been teaching Music Theory for over three years. I treat these lessons much like a classroom setting in which I instruct the basic tenants of music theory in order to help students understand it in accordance with their instrument of choice (including voice). An introduction to orchestration and how their instrument functions within the orchestra will also be instructed. We will use classwork and homework to detail what is instructed as well as multimedia to aid in our learning!

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About Milton
Hey there, everyone!

My name is Milton Carl Jackson II and I teach vocal, guitar, piano, and musical theatre lessons in the Inland Empire area.

I help those young, middle-aged, and not-as-young tap into their own soul through music so that they may help others find theirs as well. I believe that in order to entertain others with your voice or your instrument, one must first be able to entertain oneself - all the while having fun doing it! As a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis with a double major in Music History & Ethnomusicology and African-American & African Studies; a former co-host of the popular hip-hop radio show ATF Radio: All Things Fresh on KDVS 90.3 FM; a former Music Director of The Afterglow of UC Davis; and a recent graduate of American University with a Master's of Education in Business Education
, I have come in contact and learned from a vast amount of different musicians and educators. A classically-trained bass-baritone with roots in R&B, Soul, Rock, Pop, and Jazz, I have aspirations to help each and every student realize their full musical potential.

If you're looking for a teacher who will motivate and inspire you not only to learn your instrument of choice, but also how to perform it (whether on the big stage or in your living room for the family) and record it as well, I'm the perfect teacher for you. Learning to sing, play, and act beautifully doesn't have to be difficult -- we'll work on finding your voice or your style, all while having fun along the way!

I teach in-studio, in-home, and online lessons, so we can be flexible with the lesson type and schedule!

This is a perfect chance for you or your child who can't stop singing around the house or has dreams of shredding on the guitar or twinkling on the ivories to learn the fundamentals of music, start something new that keeps them or you focused, and have fun while doing it!

Feel free to contact me at show contact info for any questions and check out my student reviews and qualifications.

I look forward to meeting you and accompanying you or your child on your musical journey!!
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Jason January 10, 2018
· Singing · In home
So far, so good. It was an incredibly eye-opening experience! I'm super pumped for the next lesson!
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Caleb July 10, 2017
· Singing · Online
Milton is a very professional voice coach. He takes his time to explain everything and he knows what he is talking about!
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· Singing · Online
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Milton J.

Corona, CA 92879
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About Joe S.

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My professional experience composing and my degree have allowed to be able to teach all levels of music theory. Theory, the mechanics of music as we know it, is quite useful in helping students perform on their instruments better, learning to write music, or simply gaining invaluable knowledge about our craft.

About Joe
Joe Sanders is an award-winning composer, arranger, and violinist based in the Los Angeles area. From an early age Joe has lived and breathed music. Growing up in an artistic family he was inspired to begin his musical path starting with the violin. After teaching himself several other instruments and playing in orchestras and rock bands, he decided to pursue writing music and performing professionally.
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Elizabeth F. June 16, 2014
· Music Performance · Online
Joe is a fun, professional and talented teacher! He gave me advice and etudes that really helped me play interesting breaks at gigs. Have your questions and goals ready to tell him, and he will give you exactly what you need to sound better. He is very intuitive and understanding, and he will use every minute of your time efficiently with practical exercises that work. He was also very responsible, dependable, easy to reach and punctual. I'm scheduling more lessons with him!
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Joe S.

Long Beach, CA 90804
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About Christopher M.

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Learn how music works and take the mystery out of music! The different scales, chords, modes and arpeggios. How the are made, how they work together and how they are all related! Learn how to super impose over any chord and what scale is right for every chord! Unlock your instrument and take out the guess work so you are free to create!

About Christopher
My name is Chris and I am a professional guitar player. I have been teaching sense 2008 now and sharing the joy of music with others has become a passion of mine.
I started playing the piano at the age of five, the trumpet at nine and the guitar at thirteen. Over the years I have also learned to play the drums, bass, harmonica as well as how to sing. I studied at L.A. Music Academy as well as Musicians Institute. I am currently in two bands and putting together a third. I do session work for other artists and have played the National Anthem for a profession football team.

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When taking lessons from me there are many things my students can expect. First and most importantly it will be fun! Music is supposed to be fun and expressive so why make it boring and repetitive? For each student that I have I make a custom
curriculum just for them based on their musical desires, strengths and weaknesses so I can help them become the best player that they can be. Each lessons will be a balance of learning new technique and theory and applying them in songs that excite and inspire.
Things such as: music theory, ear and harmony training, single string technique, sight and cord chart reading, cord structure, song writing, tone shaping, guitar maintenance and playing live will be covered with students as they advance. Feed back is always welcome and appreciated. This is your lesson, let's make sure you get the most out of it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Studio: Guitars, amps, mixing board, protools, computer with external stereo, seating for parents can be arranged

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own guitar and cables. But the student will need to have their own guitar, amp etc

*** Specialties ***
Blues, Rock, Metal, Jazz, Funk and Country
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Lance N. January 26, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Good match for me musically....nice guy
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Corwin R. January 18, 2018
· Guitar · In home
We recommend Chris for guitar lessons. He works well with teenage kids.
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Jesse O. September 1, 2017
· Guitar · Online
never fails to take your playing to a new level!!!!
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Christopher M.

Christopher M.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
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About Oren S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Comprehensive studies in music theory over the course of my undergraduate degree program. From the times of Pythagoras, to the Baroque era, to modern schools of thought. Also a student of North Indian Hindustani music. Completed a final thesis-paper on the resurgence of just-intonation in contemporary music.

About Oren
I've played Music all my life, first teaching myself, then pursuing private instruction on various instruments, then completing a BA in Music in 2009 focusing on flute.
I really enjoy passing on the knowledge I've acumulated over the years and seeing students grow and develop their own relationship with Music.
I also have a graduate degree in the field of education and draw many instructional techniques and approaches from classroom-instruction.
I believe strongly in a personalized, student-centered, approach to teaching and a lot of positive reinforcement to encourage growth.
My masters is in special ed., I have worked with individuals who have developmental disabilities and other challenges for many years and am happy to discuss any special arrangements

"What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared t
o what lies inside of us"-Ralph Waldo Emerson

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stands; recording equipment as needed

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stands; portable recording equipment as needed

*** Specialties ***
Flute: Western classical, Indian classical - Raga; Wooden flutes: Bansuri, Native-American flutes. Jazz / blues ; Middle-eastern music.
Guitar: Acoustic, Finger-style, Songwriting.
Tambura - drone instrument from India: Raga theory, singing Sargam, toning/chanting
Hand percussion - congas/dumbec - traditional African/Afro-Cuban, middle-eastern
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Frank G. November 7, 2014
· Guitar · In home
Oren has been a great teacher for our 13 year old daughter. He is very patient and reassuring and provides training based on the individual. I would highly recommend Oren to anyone looking to learn music.
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Oren S.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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About Harry H.

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I develop music theory through a tonal perspective and/or a pop perspective. This could be analyzing Bach chorales and piano etudes to analyzing The Beatles. For beginners we will go over how to read and play: rhythms, meter, treble and bass clef, major and minor scales, and more! For more experienced students we will discuss structure of tonal music and how it is used in pop music, ranging from Baroque to today.

Students will use a piano/keyboard and sing to help aurally learn what is happening theoretically. Students do not need any background in piano.

About Harry
I graduated from Berklee College of Music Summa Cum Laude with a major in Film Scoring. I have been playing the drums for 12 years, performing with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, Alternative Percussion Ensemble, and The Procrastinators - Bar Stool Trio. I have been teaching for over 10 years, working with High Schools throughout the Southern California Area, currently at Mayfair High School, as well with The Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps and other marching ensembles such as Gold Drum and Bugle Corps and Dark Sky Percussion.

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I am laid back, patient, and try to create a comfortable teaching environment. In lessons, I focus on developing the students technical proficiency in their hands and feet. Then apply these techniques to styles of music that are of interest to the student. Ultimately, the goal is to devel
op complete control of the student's facility; giving them the confidence and creativity to play any style of music.

Books I like to use;
Stick Control, Accents and Rebounds, The Language of Drumming, Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stands, Snare Stands, Practice Pads, Metronome, 5 piece Drum Set.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in marching percussion.
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Lou L. April 7, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Lessons have been going well. Very thorough and takes time to tweak lessons based on my skill level.
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Lou L. March 11, 2015
· Drum · In studio
He is a direct, clear and interactive teacher.
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Dylan N. February 27, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Harry is a great teacher, who will give you the skills to become a excellent and proficient musician. His focus on competency approach and technique in your hands and feet gives you the confidence to apply such skills through a variety of styles. After being taught by Harry for many years, I can honestly say I would not be the musician I am today without his guidance.
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Harry H.

Lakewood, CA 90713
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About Sheila M.

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It is incredibly important for students to have a general understanding of music theory, regardless of their instrument. Music theory is the core of the music that we play and listen to, and it is a vital part of every student's music education. The purpose of music theory is to show students how music works, and for that reason, every music student should be exposed to it at some level.

Having started piano at the age of 7, I was taught music theory at a very beginning of my music education. I studied it throughout my childhood and into my collegiate years. I can teach this subject in detail and help the student develop a clear understanding of the music that they read and play.

About Sheila
My interest in music began at the age of seven when I began private instruction in classical piano, and by the age of ten, I began playing the flute. I received my Bachelor of Music with a degree in Music Education from the University of Redlands, where I studied flute with Sara Andon. There, I performed in the university's Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Orchestra. During my third year at university, I studied abroad at the Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemet, Hungary.

In 2013, I graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Masters degree in Flute Performance where I studied flute with Sandra Kipp. At CSUN, I performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Northridge Flute Quartet, and various chamber ensembles. I currently reside in Irvine where I teach private flute and
piano lessons and perform with local ensembles.

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My goal as a music educator is to foster excellence in the art of music through private instruction. I have worked with students of all ages ranging from 5 to older adults.

In my studio, students will have a well rounded music education. This means that we will work on a variety of things such as sight reading, music theory, music history, and a wide range of repertoire (from Beethoven to the Beatles!) While I have high expectations for my students, I do my best to keep the lessons relaxed and lighthearted. My hope is that the student is always engaged and interested during lessons.

My three expectations:

1. Come prepared both mentally and physically (this is especially important for flutists-- make sure to warm up prior to the lesson!)

2. Don't be afraid to ask questions and make mistakes. This is non-threatening territory, I'm here to guide you and help you. Remember that mistakes happen, we're human. Just be sure to learn from those mistakes so that you can take something away from each experience.

3. For parents-- BE INVOLVED! I can't tell you how often I've seen younger students excel when their parents were proactive in the experience. This means encouraging them to practice, coming up with a rewards system, and even sitting in on the lesson to take notes. This way, you can reinforce what we accomplished during the lesson at home together. It's difficult for music teachers to compete with iPads, Playstations and television, so let's get creative together!

*** Required Materials ***
Flute students must own a well maintained flute, as an instrument that is out of adjustment causes frustration and can initiate bad habits. In addition, the student must also have a metronome and tuner, a music stand, flute repertoire, and an assignment book for me to write down each week's assignments.

Piano students must have a working acoustic piano or digital piano in their home for piano lessons. The student must also have a metronome, piano repertoire, and an assignment book for each week's assignments.
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Annette B. February 8, 2018
· Flute · Online
only three words ........ BEST TEACHER EVER (written by a 11 yr old Flutist
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Emily January 21, 2018
· Flute · In studio
Shiela is one the best flute teacher my daughter ever have!! In 5 sessions my daughter had advanced on her skills.
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Cindy January 18, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Sheila made me feel very at ease and comfortable. I can't wait to take my next lession!
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Sheila M.

Irvine, CA 92614
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About Anna K.

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As a CM (Certificate of Merit - Music Teachers' Association) teacher, I've been teaching "Music Theory" for students who want to pass Music Theory Test (which includes Ear training test) up to advanced level.

Also I received a grade A in Aural skills (Ear Training) subject, MUCO-333 and Music Theory, MUCO-300 at USC (University of Southern California) Music School.

Since I graduated from graduate school of music, USC in 2003, I've been tutoring numerous students pursuing music over 12 years.

About Anna
I have over 20 years of experience in teaching viola and violin students of all ages and levels. And I have knowledge of Piano and Music Theory as well. I have been a member of MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California) since 2005, and I currently serve as string chair as well as first vice president of South Coast Branch - MTAC. I am also a member of SYMF (Southwestern Youth Music Festival), so I enter many talented students pursuing music into the CM (Certificate of Merit) test, violin or viola competitions and auditions every year.

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Anna K. performs extensively as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Ms K. has served as a director of the Orange County Chamber Ensemble from 2003 to 2012, and has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Korea, Europe, Japan, and more recently in US. She has pe
rformed as a principal violist with Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, Orange County Chamber Ensemble, and Southern California Chamber Orchestra. She has also appeared as guest principal violist with Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic Orchestra and California Central Philharmonic Orchestra. In September of 2002, Anna performed for the Concert called “Synergy” with Los Angeles Philharmonic directed by Esa-Pekka Salonen. In addition to being an active performer, Ms K. has established herself as an educator. Since 1992, she has been teaching students, and has served for 7 years as the string instructor of Amateur Orchestra at Seoul Women’s University in Korea. Besides her teaching career, she has served as chair of “Contemporary Flare Festival” from 2010 to 2012 and the SWV (Strings/Winds/Voice) Competition from 2012 to 2015 in South Coast Branch, MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Currently, she serves as string chair as well as vice president of South Coast Branch, MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Anna K. received her Master’s degree in music from University of Southern California (USC) . She has studied with Haeyoung Baik, Seongryong Choi, Chan-Ju Wee, Pamela Goldsmith, and Donald McInnes.
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Brigette P. April 25, 2017
· Viola · In home
My daughter had a very good experience with Anna. She is a knowledgeable and skilled instructor. Highly recommend!
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Tim April 17, 2017
· Violin · In studio
As a brand new adult student, I had concerns that I could find an instructor who could work with my sometimes-busy schedule. Anna enthusiastically agreed to teach me though, and after almost a year of taking lessons with her I've seen great progress! Anna shares her wealth of knowledge in a friendly and encouraging manner, and has happily tailored my curriculum to fit my interests. I'd highly recommend her to any student, without hesitation!
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Bola Malek October 28, 2016
· Violin ·
Anna is very patient and caring. She takes the time to correct the small mistakes that I pick up over the week before moving on to new material. Looking forward to continue learning from her.
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Anna K.

Irvine, CA 92602
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About Evelyn L.

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A conservatory trained pianist, Evelyn makes piano playing a rewarding experience. It is in her firm belief that anyone can play the piano, but to play it well requires proper guidance in both fundamentals and artistry.

In addition to piano, she also teaches music theory and aural musicianship. She has guided many students through ABRSM, Certificate of Merit (MTAC) and AP Music Theory.

About Evelyn
Evelyn is a conservatory-trained classical pianist, who enjoys working with students of all levels and ages. Born in Korea and raised in the United States, Evelyn has placed at numerous piano competitions, and has performed throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe.

Evelyn is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Piano Performance at the University of Southern California. She previously studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Eastman School of Music, and her teachers include Bernadene Blaha, Yoshikazu Nagai, and Enrico Elisi.
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Luke December 30, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Right from my first lesson Evelyn was able to accurately evaluate my playing level and give me helpful instruction. It's made my practice time more effective and enjoyable. Great teacher!
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Savanah June 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I'm always very happy with my lessons each week; I look forward to them because they're fun and I learn a lot!!
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Anahita June 12, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
I played piano for 13 years, from ages 5 to 18, and then just stopped when I went away to college. I had aptitude for the instrument but did not have the discipline to sit down and practice. Fast forward 17 years, and I get intimidated just looking at a piano! I realized if I ever wanted to play again I'd have to find an instructor. It was so easy to find Evelyn via Red Pelican Music, and I started classes right away. It was a little frustrating to start from square one, but I know I really had to (I'd forgotten so much!). Evelyn was always encouraging and knew exactly what I needed to hear and learn. She also knew just when to introduce actual classical pieces instead of having me focus on the beginner books with short pieces and music theory. I love working with her and have made so much progress in the <6 months we have been working together. I would highly recommend her to any beginner or to someone re-starting as a beginner. And, of course, she's a highly accomplished pianist, so any skilled pianists looking for instruction would benefit from her teaching.
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Los Angeles, CA 90007
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About Anthony C.

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Music theory lessons with me will consist of developing strong skills in both writing, as well as ear training. Depending on the student's interests we can delve into tonal, post-tonal theory, non-western, or non-traditional theories.

About Anthony
Anthony has a great passion for working with students and helping them to succeed in achieving their own musical goals. As a teacher, Anthony’s primary motivation is to foster creativity, confidence, and independence in his students. Through a focus on musicianship, music theory, and technique, Anthony hopes to cultivate student’s abilities to learn and comprehend music quickly and efficiently. Over the course of several lessons, students will ideally develop methods to create music ways that reflect their personal voices. Anthony encourages his students to be confident improvisors as well as performers of written music and to make use of both acoustic and electric media.
Beyond teaching, Anthony is a composer, guitarist, and technologist based in Southern California. Through his compositions, Anthony explores questions relating to gestu
re, modularity, and metaphorical representation. Over his career as a composer, Anthony has developed a voice that focuses on both intricate systems and improvisatory practices. Combining the sound worlds of both acoustic and electronic instruments in his compositions, Anthony invents ideas to resonate with audiences of all types. His pieces have been performed internationally, with premieres in the United States, Italy, The Netherlands, and Spain. Anthony’s most recent project is a solo electronic rock show, that used interactive technologies, for real-time beats and effects – Songs For A New Era
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Anthony C.

Long Beach, CA 90802
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Tutored a few students for their college theory class.

About Ryan
Ryan Cheung is a classical violinist from Hong Kong and currently pursuing his bachelor degree in Violin Performance and Music Education at Azusa Pacific University.

Ryan began studying piano at the age of five and started receiving violin lessons at the age of six. In 2012, Ryan received the recital Diploma ‘Associate Trinity College London’ (ATCL) in violin with distinction. He was active in the Hong Kong School Music Festival while he was growing up in Hong Kong, and he received a 2nd place and a 3rd place in separated years. He joined various ensembles back in Secondary school, such the string orchestra, symphony orchestra, multiple choral groups and had the honor to represent the school and Hong Kong to compete in the World choir games in 2014 and received a third place in the open competition.

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f Alex Russell. He has been playing in the Azusa Pacific Symphony Orchestra since 2015 and played for the University Choir and Orchestra for two years. Ryan is currently active in the studio orchestra and serving as the assistant section leader in APU Chamber Singers. Ryan plays in different occasions, such weddings, APU school events, or recitals, and collaborate with different musicians, such asL.A. based pianist J. Michael O’Neal.
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Melody October 2, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Great teacher. He was my music theory tutor, and I was able to skip past two college theory courses within about a week of hour-long tutoring sessions.

From my experience, he works with what you have: he finds your strengths and helps you to learn based on how he believes you'll best receive new information or inspiration. He is able to communicate concepts in many different ways, and always makes sure you understand. He is not long-winded, but communicates the necessary information in a way that is straight-to-the-point, and does not waste time giving his students "busy work," but instead gives them exercises that are directly or indirectly helpful every time. He is a patient teacher, and does not make you feel like you will be left behind. He passionate about teaching and his students, and he does a great job at teaching.
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Ryan C.

Azusa, CA 91702
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