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Classical piano is my strongest area as a performer and were the first lessons I took as a child. I have been playing for 20 years and would love to help you find your voice in the instrument.

Lessons will target technique, music theory, and musicianship skills. You will learn works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and other composers of your choosing.

About Christoffer
Perform - Create - Build a solid foundation in music while gaining confidence, leadership, and flexibility.

*** NEW POLICIES ***
I'm currently only taking students that can commit to weekly lessons. I no longer allow 24-hr cancellations, which is a policy Takelessons promotes, but I don't find it useful for the teacher or the student. If you'll be out of town, I allow 4 cancellations per year. I also take off these dates: July 4, Thanksgiving/Black Friday, and December 24 - January 1. If you need to reschedule for another reason, I will try to find another time during that week for your lesson, but if it's an exceptionally busy week I may not be able to find a time-slot. You will still be obligated to pay for the lesson.

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I have an MFA in Music Composition and Piano Performance from California Institute of the Arts and
a BA in Music Composition from UC Santa Barbara. I began piano at the age of 7 and composition at age 15. Teaching has always been important to me. I started providing lessons in high school and learned that giving musical knowledge is just as important as acquiring the skills it takes to be a musician. Studying with me will help you become a well-rounded musician with the ability to play the type of music you want to play.

Constantly composing, film scoring, and performing, I'm a very active musician that works with classical musicians, rock musicians, and everything in between. I teach a variety of instruments and will cater lessons to your styles and interests. I'm also a recording artist and work with music software such as Ableton Live, Native Instruments, and Sibelius. I would love to teach you how to compose and record your own music in whichever genre you prefer.

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Many of my students have studied music in the past, but weren't able to keep the passion. I pride myself as a very enthusiastic teacher that works hard at making lessons fun and interesting for any age and background. All of my students (from 3 years old to 60 years old) enjoy music and practice very hard. You will be provided with a solid foundation in theory, aural skills, technique, and creativity, giving you the ability to carve your own path in music. You will learn the correct way to play your instrument and develop the intuition to command it expressively.
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Dea Vise December 10, 2016
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I've been studying ukulele with Chris for a year and a half now. I went from absolutely no background in music to really being able to play the instrument pretty quickly. Chris has the patience of Job and a real ability to explain music and playing technique in a way that is incredibly easy to understand. I learn something new every week and he can teach as quickly or as slowly as I want to learn that week. If he can teach me to play, he can teach you to play!
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Nicholas N. December 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson. Looking forward to the next.
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Miranda S. July 27, 2016
· Accordion · In studio
I've learned SO much, even after my first lesson with Christoffer. He's exceedingly patient and encouraging and always finds a way to explain things in a way that make sense. Can't recommend more highly.
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Christoffer S.

Christoffer S.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Christopher C.

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Thousand Oaks, CA

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Piano is my main instrument and the one I enjoy teaching the most. I think it is approachable, versatile, and immensely rewarding. I recommend piano lessons to anyone with an interest in music, as it is an amazing tool and perfect foundation for studying music.

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My name is Christopher, or Chris for short. I am a composer, arranger, pianist, vocalist, and private tutor. I have taught private lessons in classical and contemporary piano performance, vocal performance, guitar performance, music theory, and musicianship to local students for the past 10 years. I currently have nearly 40 weekly students all over Ventura County. I attended CSUN's school of music where I received my Bachelor's of Music in Music Composition. My other experience includes teaching at 2 different music studios (Perry Music Studios and Brookyln's Conservatory of Music), teaching Confirmation classes to teenagers at St. Jude's Catholic Church, and teaching English to Japanese high school students through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.

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My philosophy when it comes to doing anythi
ng with music is that it should be fun! Whether you're practicing a piece, playing with a band, writing something new, or even learning music theory, music is primarily about enjoying yourself and the others around you.

The best way to ensure that you enjoy yourself is to learn what you want to learn and play what you want to play. In addition to a standard curriculum, I want you to tell me what kind of music you're interested in and what kind of pieces you want to play! Do you love classic rock? Do you love pop? Blues? Jazz? Folk tunes? Opera? Or maybe you're a fan of the classical masters? Whatever the case may be, my number one goal is to make sure you're having fun while you develop your new talents.

I'm comfortable teaching students as young as 7 years of age, although I can teach even younger if they are especially well-behaved.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Blues, Jazz, Improv, Composition, Theory
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Divya S. July 31, 2018
· Piano · In home
Chris is fantastic, first lesson with our 5 yo, showed a lot of patience!
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Ryan October 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great with kids as young as 5!
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Teresa April 4, 2017
· Piano · In home
I really like working with Chris a lot for several reasons. First he is a very kind & enthusiastic teacher who is always very cheerful and always brings his best to the lessons. As an adult student, I'm not very confident about myself. He has helped to bring that confidence back. He was able to help me tackle the speed problem for a piece of music that I was having trouble with for a long time. And with just a few words of advice, he was able to help me fix the problem right away. Chris is truly a fantastic teacher! I'm glad to be his student.
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Christopher C.

Christopher C.

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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About Carol W.

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Have you always wanted to learn to play piano? You'll learn to read music, play piano from sight, scales, fingering. I specialize in beginners.

About Carol
I have taught voice for over twenty years. I studied music at University of California, Santa Barbara, where I received my B.A. I currently work as a professional singer for various local opera companies, music theater groups, churches and temples. I am principal soprano for Opera A La Carte and have also soloed with Repertory Opera Company, Redlands Bowl Festival, Laguna Beach Chorale and Celestial Opera Company. I have worked extensively in Los Angeles schools performing musical assemblies for students in elementary and middle grades through Southland Opera, LA Opera and Guild Opera of Southern California. My teaching experience includes private voice lessons and master classes at Idyllwild School for the Arts.

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I emphasize breathing techniques to free up the voice to expand your range and ease of singing. In
the lesson, we start with simple warm ups and vocalizes and then apply techniques to the songs you want to sing. I realize each student is different and I customize the lesson to the student's particular needs. I specialize in classical and music theater, however the basics of singing apply to all styles of music. In addition to working on breathing and technique for singing, we'll also focus on interpretation of the songs you are working on as well as how to overcome performance nervousness. Most students find that they are able to sing with more freedom, less tension and will have more confidence as they progress.

I also teach beginning piano, using the John W. Schaum series.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the main room, upright piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need to provide a piano or keyboard if I am going to their home.
I have a piano in my home.

*** Specialties ***
I work on using the breath as a fundamental technique for singing. Singing should never hurt. I use a lot of imagery to achieve freedom in singing.
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David N. October 11, 2018
· Stage Performance · In studio
Carol is very knowledgeable about performance and acting and gives usable ideas.
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Miranda K. October 24, 2016
· Singing · In home
Carol is wonderful with children.
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Lana R. September 9, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very kind & patient :)
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Carol W.

Carol W.

Pasadena, CA 91106
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About Tanisha H.

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Los Angeles, CA

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We will learn the great composers while also learning how to understand how this amazing music was created.

About Tanisha
Tanisha is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music's Vocal and Music Business programs. Since arriving to Los Angeles, Tanisha has built a solid career providing artist development services to professional entertainers, recording artists and actors. Her services include vocal coaching, piano lessons, music theory, songwriting, performance development, media and stage training. Tanisha is also an accomplished songwriter. She is a regular co-writer with platinum selling recording artist Shanice Wilson of "Flex and Shanice" on OWN. Tanisha also works closely with casting and producers of the major network talent competitions The Voice, America's Got Talent and American Idol. Additionally, many of our clients can been seen and heard

In addition to teaching music, Tanisha has enjoyed a successful career in the entertainment
industry working with top tier performers such as Chaka Khan, The Black Eyed Peas, Montell Jordan and Babyface to name a few. Accompanying her is a staff of accomplished performers and teachers who have credits throughout the entertainment industry. At the WHAA, her performing arts academy, she offers a conservatory-level curriculum focusing on the fundamental skills of technique, composition, artistry and performance in music, dance, drama and visual arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very fun loving person and believe in creating a positive environment where students feel comfortable to be themselves. At the same time I am a stickler for details and do not allow laziness. I believe a balance of fun with excellence has allowed my students to excel far beyond their own expectations. Good results takes HARD WORK! Please do not come to lessons with the expectation to sing like Beyoncé or play piano at Carnegie Hall after 4 lessons. Mastering your voice and instrument takes equal parts of time, hard work, dedication and patience.

My teaching style is individually based.
For vocal clients, I asses their strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan to build up their weak areas while helping them find "their own voice". I focus on breathing, intonation and control which I believe are the foundation of great singing ability. I use a classical Italian based program along with pop, R&B, jazz, and rock. I have vocal coached in many languages including Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

For piano clients I focus on strength, dexterity and precision in fingering. I also help students learn to feel the music and bring their personality and touch to each piece they are performing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Tanisha currently teaches at her performing arts academy the White H Arts Academy. There are private instruction rooms and a lobby waiting area for parents and guests. Parents may also sit in the lesson room if desired. Private lesson rooms include a piano, speakers, and a music stand.

The White H Arts Academy also has two state of the art mirrored dance rooms with sound systems and wireless microphones for practicing stage performances or rehearsing for a big show.

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Vocals: beg to adv
Piano: beg to inter

Vocal genres are classical (opera), pop, R&B, gospel, rock, jazz, blues and musical theater. I studied voice at Berklee College of Music. Have also studied Seth Riggs SLS (Speech Level Singing) method independently, however, I am not certified. I also teach in languages other than English including Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

Piano instruction levels I teach are basic to intermediary focusing on classical, and general accompaniment abilities.
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Markia H. October 2, 2018
· Singing · In studio
She’s the best ❤️
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Ian August 20, 2018
· Speaking Voice · Online
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Sinclair C. June 18, 2018
· Singing · Online
amazing!!!
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Tanisha H.

Los Angeles, CA 90043
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About Thomas K.

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Glendale, CA

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Strong instrumental playing begins with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of music and the simple act of making a sound from the instrument. Students learn to play music by ear first, and are later introduced to music notation. More advanced lessons emphasize sight-reading, expression, and improvisation.

Thomas has studied piano for 15 years, and continues to play regularly. His education has included courses specifically on musical instruction methodologies, and he has been trained as a pianist at the collegiate level.

About Thomas
Piano, woodwinds, trumpet, composition
Chords, sight-reading, theory, jazz, classical, and pop

No one ever regrets learning an instrument… yet many grow old wishing they had taken music lessons! A talent they’ll be able to develop their entire life, your children will thank you for giving them the chance to learn music. And bonus points for you: after just a couple years, you’ll have free entertainment every Christmas!

Or maybe YOU’RE the one that wishes to learn! It is never too late to begin learning an instrument. Everybody has the ability, and if you’re determined and interested, there’s nothing stopping us from achieving this very special goal. (Interested in learning to compose? Scroll to the bottom to learn more.)

Everybody learns differently, and everybody likes different things. Whether it’s improvising or singing alon
gside a song you love or reading through a classical concerto, I’ll help prepare you or your child to tackle a wide variety of styles, without missing out on any of the basics that turn good players into phenomenal musicians. We all know it’s not about being the best. It’s about having fun, and playing music well is definitely fun. Music lessons include:

1. Building a really strong foundation so it's easy to interpret or understand any part, and to play it with the right amount of practice.

2. Learning to sight-read music, so you can play it well as soon as possible.

3. Learning how to improvise (make-up) music, learn music by ear, and to understand and create chords, which lets you play music in different ways.

4. Play different styles from classical to jazz to popular music.

5. Learning how to practice efficiently so you can learn music as fast as possible.

6. Composing our own original music.

Practice makes perfect! Learning an instrument helps build self-confidence and discipline. If your child’s bored, distracted, or just needs a constructive hobby, music is a great place to get them interested in something that will help them feel better about themselves, and the effects will be felt across everything else they do, through better studying habits to a more patient, diligent work ethic.

It’s also relaxing! Stressed about work? Need an escape? Everybody has the power to learn an instrument. Seriously, there’s no such thing as “talent.” Just start lessons and get practicing! It really is that simple, and I’ll guide you through every step of the way.

I have a diverse background teaching students of all ages, from 3-year-olds to retirees alike, customizing what we learn to the individual student. We’ll learn how to read music just as easily as you read words; improvise and compose music of our own; and feel good playing any style: classical, jazz, rock, and all. My experience as a working musician in films, musical theater, and pop music, as well as classical concert music, allows me to appreciate and teach styles that many other instructors overlook, and I know full well that learning an instrument is not about becoming a professional; it’s about being able to connect to others or oneself through music… and also to just have fun! There’s no need to learn music we don’t like! It’s not about stuffing Beethoven into your kids’ ears… we just want to make music, be that Beethoven or Billy Joel.

Learning an instrument is one of those few skills that will genuinely last you your whole life. I don’t want to sugarcoat it: it takes time to learn an instrument. It takes practice, and sometimes it’s frustrating. But the results are well worth it.

Now get out there and make some music! But start by signing up for lessons. I can’t wait to get started!

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“What’s that chord?” “Why does all my music sound the same?” “How do I fix this voicing?” “I just can’t get it out of my head!” …sound familiar? You’ve probably hit a rut. Or maybe you’re just starting out. Either way, you want your music to sound new, exciting, and to come out exactly how you hear it in your head. Yes… you CAN learn to compose music, you CAN learn to be more creative, and you CAN learn to share your sound with the world.

Film music, classical, jazz… whatever your interest, all music comes from the same place, and by learning a handful of basic concepts, you can apply these to whatever style you’re trying to write. Learning to emulate another musician involves knowing what they’re doing. Learning to create a groundbreaking sound requires that you know what’s already been done, and how to achieve it. Step by step, we’ll work our way there.

We’ll learn how to write cool, interesting chord progressions, how to write beautiful melodies, and how to voice chords. We’ll learn how to control the mood of our music, from making it sound relaxed to adding tension wherever we want. Maybe you’re trying to write for an orchestra, or just a small band. By learning the basics, you can then easily break away from what’s been done and come up with something truly new… the goal of any aspiring composer!
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Armen T. September 24, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher!
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Sally P. September 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My first piano lesson with Thomas was great! I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to my next one...hopefully I'll be a little bit better by then ;)
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Sylvie K. May 8, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Thomas was very patient
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Thomas K.

Glendale, CA 91204
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I provide a fun, supportive and creative environment for my students, exploring music with enthusiasm and finding new ways of approaching the voice to facilitate a healthy technique.

I teach students of all ages and levels, and all musical genres. I believe that in order to sing any kind of repertoire (whether it be rock or opera), you first need to understand and work on the fundamental principles of singing; body alignment, breath support and a clear, resonant tone.

Originally from Gainesville, Florida, I started studying piano at the age of 6 and then started voice lessons around the age of 8. I started mainly with musical theater and pop music, and it wasn't until high school that I left Gainesville to pursue a more rigorous arts education at Interlochen Arts Academy. There, I discovered my love for opera and classical musi
c, and then went on to receive my Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, and my Master of Music from San Francisco Conservatory. I am currently working on my Doctorate in Music at the University of Southern California.

Studying and performing music has been such an integral part of my life, and I have a lot of enthusiasm and energy to teach aspiring musicians!
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Mena Alsrogy February 19, 2017
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I started taking piano lessons from Emily in January without any prior knowledge of how to read music or piano. I am surprised at how far I have come in such a short time and I credit much of this to Emily's teaching style. She's able to build upon previous lessons and go at a pace that feels comfortable but still packs a lot of material in each lesson. She is so friendly, enthusiastic and has a wonderful ability to put you at ease. I find this very important when learning a new skill (especially, learning a new skill as an adult!)
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Jennifer Normoyle January 19, 2017
· Piano ·
Emily is wonderful! She uses positive reinforcement when I do a good job which helps motivate me to keep trying even when I get frustrated. She is patient and gives me great assignments to practice my skills at home. Even when my schedule changes, we are able to find a time that works for both of us. I highly recommend her.
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Rylee G. January 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Emily is seriously the best, she is so sweet and encouraging, but also pushes you so you can grow as fast as possible vocally!
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Emily T.

Los Angeles, CA 90013
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About Lee L.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I am experienced in teaching students of all ages beginners piano. I highly recommend a combination of piano and violin for students wanting to learn either for the first 6-8 months.

About Lee
Lee enjoys a multi-faceted career performing acoustic and electric violin. She is currently singing and playing violin in a girl group under the tutelage of Randy Jackson from American Idol.

She has performed alongside Michael Bublé, Earth, Wind & Fire, Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, The Canadian Tenors, Aida Garifullina, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. An active studio musician, she has collaborated with producers and artists at Aftermath Entertainment, Columbia Records, and RCA Records.
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Ryan M March 15, 2017
· Classical Piano · Online
Ms. Lee has been teaching me piano and violin for almost a year now. I've gone from a complete beginner to being able to play some of my favorite pieces. She has a really great personality and makes the lessons fun but at the same time really clear. I rarely get confused and don’t feel as frustrated as I did with other teachers!
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Izzy March 14, 2017
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I've known Luisa as an incredible session musician and player who will be able to bring you too the top level as a player of the violin. She is the ultimate professional with a great sound and very very kind
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Alyssa March 1, 2017
· Violin · In home
Ms. Lee is the best instructor ever!!!! When I started taking lessons with her, I was blown away by how much progress we made in one short lesson! She helped me grow so much! She is everything you would see in a perfect teacher: Kind, compassionate, knowledgable, and has the most amazing personality! She knows exactly what to do for every piece of music that I learn, and teaches me new techniques in every lesson that I carry on to every ensemble I participate in! Going off to my university next year, I am sad that I cannot have lessons with her when I leave. But I know that she was the one who got me there, who prepared me for college level of music at a university ranked number one in the nation for orchestral music. She helped make me who I am today, and I will forever be grateful to have her as a tutor and a friend! and to whom it may concern, I promise you that if you pick her as your tutor you are making the best decision of your life!
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Los Angeles, CA 90025
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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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Jillian K. October 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Evelyn is very sweet and encouraging and made my first lesson so much fun. After my seven year hiatus from studying piano, she quickly assessed my strengths and weaknesses and created an action plan. She assigned beautiful pieces and really crammed a lot into an hour session. Feeling very excited to continue working with her.
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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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Evelyn L.

Los Angeles, CA 90020
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Great piano lessons by experienced, educated, and internationally acclaimed pianist and composer! I hold degrees from the Berklee College of Music(double major) and Manhattan School of Music (Jazz performance and composition) I am a caring teacher devoted to developing a unique curriculum for each of my students. All are welcome, from beginner to advanced students. I have availability during the earlier part of week-days, and also on week-ends. Beginners will develop: - Basic pianistic and musical skills - Sense of discipline - Imagination - Sight reading Intermediate and advanced level students will work in addition on: - Participation in recitals, workshops and competitions - Preparation of ensemble skills Parents and adult students are welcome whether to develop existing skills, or to learn new!

About Giorgi
My name is Giorgi Mikadze. I am a professional pianist, composer, arranger and educator. Last year, I completed graduate degree in Jazz Performance (Pianist) from Manhattan School of Music, with focus in composition. Before that, I studied at Berklee College of music, with double major in performance and composition. I received full scholarship throughout my study in both schools.

I have toured and performed with many Grammy winners, and Sympohny orchestras including Jack  Dejohnette, Lee Retenour, Roy Hargrove, and others. In addition, I have developed interest in teaching, having given masterclasses at universities such as Berklee, USC, UCLA, Beijing Conservatory, Ilia state university, Tbilisi State Conservatoire.

This summer, I was invited at Berklee College of Music as a visiting professor, where I taught theory, ear training, Jaz
z Ensembles, and private piano lessons.

in search for performance opportunities, . I am also interested to share my experience with musicians who want to develop their skills as performers and composers.
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Saba November 2, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Took Piano lessons with Giorgi. I can't believe how good of an instructor he is. His grasp of music is so astonishing and he makes it so easy to understand. He's so patient and knowledgable. The lessons are so fun with him and he makes you feel so comfortable. I had no idea what I was doing and after lessons with him it started to really click. I've really developed a passion for music. Thank you so much Giorgi! Definitely recommend to all.
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Giorgi M.

Studio City, CA 91604
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I am a performing Concert Pianist with graduate degrees from Juilliard. I have played the most difficult and famous works in solo concerts and with orchestra throughout the world, including performances in Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall. I have been a Professor of Piano in Major Universities, and I have the experience to identify the students needs. I believe in patience and empathy. I work with students to give them the tools and the understanding of how to use them, in the service of great musical art.

About Daniel
I am an experienced and Internationally Awarded concert pianist who loves to teach. I have BM and MM Degrees in Piano from Juilliard. We will learn how to conquer technical difficulties and feel the emotion in great music. Students can learn at their own pace but could kick it into higher gear if they choose. We will learn how to study and perform, with the most beautiful pieces in the world inspiring us.
I am a current member of MTAC and my students are eligible for Certificate of Merit
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Daniel L.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
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