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About Steven S.

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Ventura, CA

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About Steven
Steven graduated with his bachelor of music degree from California State University, Northridge. While at C.S.U.N., Steven was the winner of the Andres Segovia memorial scholarship and the Randy Rhoads memorial scholarship. Also, Steven has studied with many guitar greats such as Christopher Parkening and Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne). Currently, Steven is recording and performing with the virtuoso violinist Hekar Rivera and is the guitarist in a super cool instrumental Rock/Jazz/R&B fusion quartet. In addition to performing, Steven teaches guitar at his studio in Ventura. Also, Steven is the head of the music department at North Hills Preparatory School and teaches guitar workshops at the Ventura College Institute.

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Lessons are available for all ages, styles and skill levels. Beginners are encouraged to apply.
Students will have fun while reaching their musical goals. Students are taught to be musicians and artists through the study of the guitar. Students will learn cool songs, improvisation and music theory. I really love teaching music because I think music make the world a better place!
Lessons take place at my studio in Ventura, CA
ONLINE LESSONS AVAILABLE IN EARLY 2016!

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I am able to teach all styles from blues to jazz and all points between. My areas of expertise would most likely be in hard rock, metal, rock/jazz fusion, classical guitar, improvisation, songwriting and application of music theory.
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Thomas S. June 11, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Fun experience.
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Fredrick B. January 31, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Steve is an exellent instructor. Easy going and brings a beginner like me to ease and motivated. Look forward to my next class!
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Linda November 3, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Wow! My son had absolutely NO prior experience and after just 4 lesson's he was rocking it and even reading music! Steven is absolutely wonderful with teens. My son looked forward to every lesson. Best teacher ever!!!!!
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Steven S.

Steven S.

Ventura, CA 93003
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About Lynne M.

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Ventura, CA

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About Lynne
I offer quality piano teaching in my home  (classical). With a Bachelor's degree in music, I have many years of experience teaching the piano! I inspire my students to their very best and insure that they are happy. A patient teacher, I strive to develop my student's piano skills.
I am also a singer-songwriter and have a pop CD titled "Love Moves." Prior wise, I won a talent contest to perform (piano and sing) in Nagoya, Japan.

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I teach my students with the John Thompson and Alfred piano books/series. Subjects covered include basic note reading and also piano technique and music theory for beginners and intermediate levels.

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Baby grand piano

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Classical music
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martin zuanich January 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great!
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Lynne M.

Lynne M.

Ventura, CA 93004
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$25 / 30-min

About Scott K.

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Goleta, CA
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About Scott
Scott has been teaching music for over 25 years. His method has evolved over time to meet the demands of changing musical styles and he has developed plenty of material to help students achieve their musical goals. His ambitions for each student are simple- he wants them to enjoy music and experience a sense of accomplishment from the learning process. In short, Scott works to make lessons fun and educational! Most beginning pupils will learn to play a song in the first couple of lessons. Handouts and music tracks are used to enhance the lessons.

Everyone is unique in how and what they want to learn. Scott uses positive encouragement to teach what is needed for the next step with the instrument. Students learn technique for dexterity, songs for the ear and theory so they understand the why's in music.

His training started at GIT (
Guitar Institute of Technology) in Hollywood where he gleaned 30+ yrs. of information from world renowned guitarists and musicians. Scott went on to graduate from Belmont University with honors in Composition and Arranging. Playing in Rock, R&B, Country, Classical and Jazz original and cover bands has enhanced his skills and made him a well rounded musician. He has the ability to teach these styles and make a living playing them.

Scott teaches all levels of students from beginner to advanced as well as the "signed artist" who have recording deals and need a little extra coaching. He has taught well known musician's family members and many of Scott's former students have gone on to make a career of their own in music as teachers, performers or composers.

"I enjoy music so much that it has always been a pleasure to pass on the knowledge of playing music."
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Rush April 27, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I took weekly electric guitar lessons with Scott from 2004 to 2012. He is without a doubt an extremely talented, enthusiastic, and compassionate teacher. Whether he was helping me learn basic chords or teaching me complicated songs, Scott never wavered in his dedication to teaching. Over the eight years as his student, Scott gave constructive criticism in a courteous manner. He was on time, inquisitive about the songs and music I was listening to, and ended lesson with new material for me to practice. I wholeheartedly recommend Scott to any aspiring guitar student.
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Scott K.

Scott K.

Goleta, CA 93117
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About Emily M.

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New York, NY

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At the age of four, I began studying violin at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California. I was trained using the Suzuki Method until the age of nine. Throughout my adolescent years I competed in solo violin competitions, performed in numerous orchestras, attended prestigious music festivals, & began teaching! I received my Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California and my Masters Degree in Violin Performance from DePaul in Chicago. After intensively studying with instructors and performers from all over the world, I developed a diverse teaching philosophy that allows me to customize lessons to each student's needs. I am a very positive, supportive, & energetic person who knows how challenging it is to learn an instrument so I try to make it as fun as possible! Whether
you or your child's goal is to become a professional or to become professionally awesome at "Twinkle", I look forward to helping you achieve it!
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Emily October 21, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Emily has a vibrant attitude and a straight forward approach in teaching. I'm delighted to be her pupil!
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Bijou September 9, 2016
· Violin · In home
Great first lesson
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Jose August 9, 2016
· Violin · In home
Emily is so awesome, she reviews with me till I get it.
she makes learning easy and fun and interactive.
I am a hard learner and she makes it easy for me to retain information….
she is very patient with me.
I feel totally comfortable in her guidance .
We are purchasing five more classes and probably five more after those…
I am so happy with Emily.
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Emily M.

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About John B.

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Oxnard, CA
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I have been a piano teacher and vocal coach since 1985.

I have a Doctorate in Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California (1992)

I teach Collaborative Arts at the University of California Santa Barbara (since 2005)

I have been on the musical staffs of Opera Santa Barbara, Utah Festival Opera, Sarasota Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Fresno Opera, Opera Academy of California and Opera NEO as a pianist, coach and chorus master.
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Lawrence June 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
John is a fantastic instructor. He has a love for educating others on musical expression and he is a wellspring of musical knowledge. He provides a depth to the piano that I wouldn't have noticed if I taught myself how to play.

John emphasized how to shape musical phrases to make music as opposed to a collection of notes. He had a good ear for honing in on my weaknesses such as how some notes that I played stuck out or the movement of my arms. Most importantly, he taught me how to approach practicing the piano in an effective way. I learned how to listen to myself and how give each note, phrase, and piece the attention and musicality it needed to sound beautifully.

For an adult learner as myself, he was accommodating with how busy I was. He adjusted to my needs and work schedule and taught at a reasonable pace. However, he also never veered from his expectations and praised what I was doing right and provided methods to fix what I was doing wrong.

Although there were times when John expressed his passion for music by delving into tangents on the broader historical significance of pieces, his mini-lectures were never irrelevant nor inappropriate. For example, he commented on how in waltzes, the rhythm on the left hand would need to emulate how a Romantic era string section would play it. For anyone who is serious about how or why pieces of music are meant to be played in a certain way, John is great about contextualizing pieces to make them sound great.

Most importantly, he made practicing piano something that was both enjoyable and challenging, which is difficult to find in a teacher. I owe a great deal of my musicianship to John and he met my expectations of learning the piano. Thank you!
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Kenny January 21, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
John is really great. He takes the time to understand what your goals are and teaches according to your needs. He is patient and provides constructive comments.
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Burt S. January 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
It's hard to say enough about how happy we are to have found John. My 2 boys love taking lessons with him, but yet still he challenges them and holds them to a high standard. John is a talented and knowledgeable pianist, and a very friendly and approachable person. A top notch instructor.
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John B.

John B.

Oxnard, CA 93035
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About Jiana W.

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Pompano Beach, FL

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Hey there! My name is Jiana Wessel and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students sing comfortably, develop a beautiful tone, and expand their vocal ranges. I have studied voice at MDC college, FAU and New World School of the Arts. I earned a degree in Music in 2014 from MDC.

I have been singing and performing for over 8 years. I am also an Independent artist currently working on her debut E.P. I Welcome all ages, and all genres of music, and all styles of singing besides classical singing. I'm firm, friendly and a patient person and my teaching style is challenging, encouraging, and I will push you to your highest potential! I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Katie H. August 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Jiana is fabulously talented but also an extremely professional teacher. She helped me relax and put my nerves at ease because I am a complete beginner. She has a spacious home studio which is perfect for one on one attention. We did breathing exercises and she taught me many technical aspects of singing that I enjoyed. I'm looking forward to the rest of my lessons with Jiana, she is both challenging and kind with her instruction.
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Steve Paulachok January 29, 2017
· Singing · In home
Jiana is great! Very good with a beginner like myself!
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alexander R. October 10, 2016
· Singing · In home
Great lessons, recommend to others.
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Jiana W.

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About Camille V.

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Ventura, CA

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About Camille
I am a professional singer, voice teacher, and performer. I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a BA in Music Education and received my CA teaching credential in music at San Diego State University.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

As a professional recording artist, I have sung on sessions with Tim Davis (Glee, ABC's Boy Band) and Damien Jurado (indie singer-songwriter, Sub Pop & Secretly Canadian). I sing with the Los Robles Master Chorale (Oak Park) and Ensoma Creative (San Gabriel Valley), in addition to performing at restaurants and hotels such as E
ureka and Casa 425 (Claremont Village).

I specialize in classical, jazz, musical theater, and contemporary styles, but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every genre. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Trever July 6, 2018
· Singing · Online
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Kaori June 28, 2018
· Singing · Online
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Chloe June 12, 2018
· Singing · Online
Amazing first lesson!
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Camille V.

Camille V.

Ventura, CA 93001
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About Andrea K.

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Santa Barbara, CA

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I was born and raised in Germany where I spent most of my life. As long as I can think I've always loved music, and soon after I got my first guitar at the age of 13 I started to write songs. I moved to the US in 2011 and worked as a music director for a local non denominational church for the last 6 years, working with and leading bands, playing acoustic and electric guitar as well as bass. Before I moved to Santa Barbara I travelled throughout Europe to play concerts and I published 2 CDs with original songs. You can find my music on iTunes.
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Jasen July 4, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
I had a great first lesson with Andrea. She has a wonderful teaching style and a great sense of humor.
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Jenna F. June 12, 2018
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Betzhi February 28, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Both of my kids take lessons from Andrea and positively adore her! She challenges them and brings so much to each and every lesson. She is patient, thorough and extraordinarily knowledgeable. We all LOVE our time with her! I cannot think of a better guitar and uke teacher!
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Andrea K.

Andrea K.

Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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$30 / 30-min

About Lauren R.

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Oxnard, CA

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Hello, my name is Lauren and I am a harpist living in New York City, Manhattan and Oxnard, California. I first fell in love with the harp when I was five years old. I attended a wedding in Minnesota where I saw a beautiful pedal harp and immediately took an affinity to the instrument. It took my mom and I three years to find a harp teacher, but when I was eight, I had my first lesson. Since then and now, much has happened. I’ve played at several weddings and events. In 2011, I placed second in the Redlands Harp Competition and I have even been blessed to preform at spectacular venues such as The Thousand Oaks Civics Arts Plaza and The Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee. I have also attended the prestigious summer intensive "Young Artist's Harp Seminar." For my first year of college, I was the principal harpist for Pepperdine University's Symph
ony and Woodwind Ensemble. Currently, I am pursuing a Film and Television degree from New York University Tisch as well as involving myself in the music community at NYU Stienhardt.

When I am not harping, I like to watch movies (Wes Anderson films are my favorite!), go to coffee shops, and visit museums. Being able to play the harp is a wonderful experience and I hope to share my gift with as many people as possible.
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Ashley July 6, 2018
· Harp · In home
Lauren has taught my then 5 year old harp. She was very patient, kind, and encouraging. I highly recommend her as a teacher. She taught my daughter not only harp, but some piano as well. She made the lessons fun and interactive. My daughter looked forward to her lessons and was even motivated to practice!
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Lauren R.

Lauren R.

Oxnard, CA 93030
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About Kevin S.

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Ventura, CA

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I always tell my students that the most important thing is that yes we are learning how to play an instrument, but just as important we should be having FUN . I always try to incorporate the fun factor while teaching a lesson. Having an extensive background playing music live I bring a bit of a Rock& Roll attitude and energy to my lessons many times using synthesizers in addition to the piano. Bottom line is music should always be an enjoyable and creative experience.
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Cindi July 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Mr. Shaffer is an excellent piano instructor for those interested in learning contemporary music. He's very easy-going and patient, which my youngest son needed (ADHD, Asperger's, and Anxiety). For Tiernan, his lessons with Mr. Shaffer meant learning and playing music, sharing his passion for Legos or some other new and exciting joy, and non-judgemental companionship. Mr. Shaffer strives to instruct individuals based on his/her likes... Over 4 or 5 years, Mr. Shaffer taught all 3 of my boys. He is one amazing guy!
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Kevin S.

Kevin S.

Ventura, CA 93003
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