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About Matt B.

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About Matt
I have been teaching guitar to students on the East and West Coasts of the United States for over 20 years. I was always interested in music and made my first “recording” at the age of 2 and a half. I got serious about playing the guitar when I was 10 years old after hearing the legendary Randy Rhoads for the first time.
I begged my parents for a guitar, which I received at Christmas, along with a parental demand that I take classical guitar lessons, and a warning that if I did not practice, my parents would sell the guitar. Six months later, I still had the guitar, and a brand new electric guitar. I never stopped practicing, and spent summers at the National Guitar Summer Workshop, where I even built a guitar at age 15.
By the time I was in high school, I was regularly playing in bands, recording in professional studios, and studying M
usic Theory. I credit my early development to my teachers, Ron Bluen, and Steve Famiglietti. I aspire to offer my students the same positive influence I received during my formative years.
After high school, I attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where I honed my chops. From there, I played with various bands, including Hollywood Rose (the precursor to Guns N’ Roses) and with Bruce Bouillet (Racer X, The Scream, Epidemic) and Tommy Chong.
In 2006, I released my solo record, Contributions For An Atom Bomb. The Album has garnered a cult following and the respect of some of my all-time heroes.
Today, I continue to play live shows, teach, study, write, record and jam. Nothing makes me prouder than jamming with my students and watching them grow as musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to focus on three things every lesson.
1. Technical Exercises- to get your fingers moving and build strength and coordination
2. Music Theory - the fingerboard and the way music works seem complicated, but I have a great methodical and simple way to break it down so it all makes sense.
3. Tunes - I like to work with the music you like. We take songs and break them down to understand the techniques and theory behind them. You won't just play the song like the recording, you'll understand the chords and scales and why your favorite artist chose them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have guitars, a bass, pedals, cables, metronome, practice amps, etc. All you need to bring is your guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own equipment and materials, students must provide their own guitar, amp, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I teach students to understand theory and the fingerboard. All styles and genres are acceptable but I specialize in rock.
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Marilyn F. March 6, 2014
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Great teacher!

Matt has been friendly and encouraging, has considerable knowledge of his instrument, and has even inspired us to practice every day! He's a great teacher for younger children, has a passion for music, and is a source of inspiration.
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Peter S. March 26, 2013
· Guitar ·
An excellent teacher

I started taking lessons with Matt when I was 16 and when we started up again this year (I'm now 31) we were able to pick right back up where we left off. That should tell you all you need to know about how much he cares about his students.

He's an especially excellent teacher because he's so passionate about music and his instrument. You'll never run out of new things to learn because he's always learning new things himself.

Nobody will teach you to love the guitar like this dude!
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Tyler M. March 13, 2013
· Guitar ·
Incredible Guitar Teacher

The most inspiring, challenging, caring and charismatic guitar teacher you will ever have. He will take your playing to the next level and beyond. Matt's playing ceases to amaze and he is constantly producing pearls of guitar wisdom, along with some killer licks.
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Matt B.

Matt B.

Los Angeles, CA 90045
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About Benjamin S.

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Redondo Beach, CA
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I have studied music theory from renaissance music, counterpoint and the standard tonal practice period through 20th century and contemporary music. I have written extensively for my minor doctoral field on 20th century music, and specifically the music of the last 60 years.

About Benjamin
I am a saxophonist and clarinetist and have been teaching for over 12 years. I am currently the saxophone professor at California State University, Northridge, I also maintain a studio of private saxophone and clarinet students throughout Los Angeles County, and am the saxophone and clarinet instructor at HYPERIUMconservatory in Rolling Hills, Palos Verdes.

I specialize in everything from beginners in elementary or middle school through high school students, college audition preparation, and also teach undergraduate and graduate students.

I previously held teaching positions at the University of Southern California, Sinai Akiba Academy, and Young Musicians Foundation.

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I am currently teaching lessons in the following areas/cities, so even if you are out of my 10 miles radius, feel free to message me!


Santa Monica
Beverly Hills
Bel Air
Redondo Beach
Palos Verdes
Torrance
Hermosa Beach
Arcadia

Lessons combine work on sound production, technical work, along with fun music (such as movie music) as well as repertoire and exercises to develop students musical skills. As a teacher I have worked with both 6 year-old and adult beginners, college music majors and graduate students, always tailoring how I teach for each student.

It is my goal that each student is able to play at least one simple tune by the end of the first lesson. Often, they can do much more!

*** Specialties ***
Classical Music
Saxophone
Clarinet
Audition Prep
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Benjamin S.

Benjamin S.

Los Angeles, CA 90004
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$45 / 30-min

About Andrew R.

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Santa Monica, CA
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As a teenager, I learned to play figured bass on a harpsichord in baroque ensembles for many years. My knowledge is classically informed and branches out into every modern style.
Harmony and music theory should be fun and enlightening at every level. It opens the doors to what are sometimes mysteries to our ears. It has enabled me to enjoy being able to play any piece I like by ear after only one or two listens. Understanding how music really works is very satisfying and I very much enjoy sharing that knowledge with my students and watching them become proficient in each discipline

About Andrew
British born and Educated at London's prestigious Trinity College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music, my professional musical career has spanned over two decades to date. I have performed with world renowned acts such as Sia, Dave Stewart and Horace Andy, and have been a featured recording artist on many of the worlds most famous film scores while myself having authored or co-authored over 30 movie scores.
A Suzuki violin student since the age of 3, I added piano, guitar, singing and composition during my teenage years. The Suzuki method encourages advanced aural development from very early on and this has turned out to be my strongest suit. With my ear, I have impressed some of the most notable orchestrators, composers, directors and producers in London, Hollywood and the world over. In fact, it was these on the spot aural magic tr
icks that allowed me to impress the Hollywood composer that first invited me to Los Angeles to work on my first blockbuster. That opportunity led to many years of success in the industry and some notoriety.
I have always had a passion for teaching, sharing my knowledge with others and watching other people take immense pleasure in their own achievements. I have been told time and time again that I have a very special gift for teaching and I would very much like to share it with you, whether you want to learn an instrument, musicianship, ear training, composition, hone your vocal or mic skills or learn how to arrange an orchestral piece in just a few hours!
I look forward to talking to you about your specific needs and goals and having the opportunity to help you realize them in a fun friendly and authentic atmosphere.
Andrew
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nicolas October 17, 2017
· Music Recording · In studio
Best instructor ever
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Evan May 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Andrew was great at getting started back in piano and working on new pieces right away. He's got a great style and has me playing right away.
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Aron February 12, 2017
· Singing · In studio
He is the one, do not search for any other teacher!
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Andrew R.

Andrew R.

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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About Deanna P.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Ear Training
Scales/Modes
Picking Exercises
Harmony/Melody
Rhythm
Counterpoint
Stylistic Approach to Music (Utilizing techniques specific to a certain genre)

About Deanna
Commercially trained guitarist through Belmont University in Nashville, TN. I have 7 years of professional studio and touring experience. Well versed in many genres including jazz, rock, pop, blues, bluegrass, funk, r&b, and country.

Throughout my musical career, I have earned endorsements from RS Custom Guitars, D'Addario, Pedaltrain, Planet Waves, and Steve Clayton, Inc. I've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Vince Gill, Brent Mason, Dan Huff, Billy ward, Billy Thomas, and many more.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons Include:
- A thorough look at all the elements of
music
- Improv techniques
- Increasing your understanding of the fretboard
- Scales, modes, and chords (applying them musically)
- Reading charts, Nashville Number System
- Songwriting techniques
- Performance skills
- Gear upkeep
- Career advice


I tailor each lesson to the individual student's level, interest, and needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender American Deluxe
1985 Gibson Les Paul Custom
Fuchs Train
Fender Pro Junior
OCD Overdrive
Fuzz Face
Route 66 Compression/Overdrive
Dunlop Wah
MXR Carbon Copy Delay

*** Travel Equipment ***
Fender American Deluxe
1985 Gibson Les Paul Custom
Fuchs Train
Fender Pro Junior
OCD Overdrive
Fuzz Face
Route 66 Compression/Overdrive
Dunlop Wah
MXR Carbon Copy Delay

*** Specialties ***
Rock
Blues
Jazz
Phrasing
Creative voicings
Melodic soloing
Fretboard fluency
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kate P. June 4, 2014
· Guitar · In home
Deanna has taught me so much, and truly is a great mentor. She makes lessons fun and I always look forward to each session. I highly recommend Deanna as an instructor!
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Deanna P.

Los Angeles, CA 90057
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About Rebecca L.

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Canyon Country, CA

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I can help tutor you in music theory ranging from beginning to advanced college level theory.

About Rebecca
Rebecca L. is a 2012 graduate of Cal State Fullerton University with a bachelors degree in music education. More recently Ms. L. completed the rigorous teaching program at California State University Fullerton to which she received her single subject teaching credential. She has had the distinct pleasure of being the student teacher at Irvine High and Venado Middle school for the 2013-14 school year. Ms. L. has been a part of numerous musical performances that have shaped the way she performs as well as teaches. Ms. L. has had the opportunity to perform at Staple Center with Andrea Boccelli, the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic under the direction of John Williams, the Nokia Theater for the E3 video game conference premiering the music from Nintendo's newest Legend of Zelda game as well as participating in a TED talk with Eric Whit
acre's live virtual choir. Ms. L. was also very involved in her high school and college choirs that led her to journeys and performances outside of the classroom to places such as Italy, Austria, and Germany. Most recently she has worked as a full time teacher in San Diego where she taught show choir. Currently, Ms. L. has found a. Ew home in Santa Clarita, hopes to gain a full time teaching position in vocal music and gain a studio of students who share the same passion and drive for music.
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Rebecca L.

Rebecca L.

Canyon Country, CA 91387
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I specialize in working with beginners of all ages and with students at any level who know the style or styles of music they want to explore and master. My passion is working with my students in ways that prepare them to pursue their musical interests armed with what I call the "building blocks" of music: knowledge of functional music theory and how to use it.

"Functional music theory" can sound daunting, but in fact it is fascinating, at least the way I teach it, using analogies appropriate to the age of the student, from chords like different types of sandwiches (yum!) to chord progressions like the materials and equipment used to build a house.

About Teresa
A musician since age 4, Teresa's dad took her early passion for music seriously. So she respects the power that parents have to foster their children's musical lives! She notes the many stories she has heard over the years: "If someone had just supported my interest"... "If my teacher had listened to what I wanted to learn."

These stories and her own passion for music-making inform her approach. A degreed music educator and multi-instrumentalist, she celebrates and uses the musical interests of her students to move them forward. She has three grown sons, including two touring musicians. Their musical lives also influence her work with children, young people, and adults. The point is to celebrate and develop each student's unique, interest-based musical self-expression.

In her home teaching studio in Sherwood Forest, CA, 30 minutes
is the perfect lesson time for most purposes. Options include piano, voice, ukulele, beginning guitar, music reading/theory, and preparation for auditions. Teresa also conducts early childhood music sessions for 3 to 5 year-olds and is available to do group sessions.

45-minute and 60-minute sessions are also available as needed. Teresa recommends 45 minutes to an hour for audition preparation.
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Laura December 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I have had a few music teachers before Teresa, but none have had the kindness, patience, or skill that she has. I came into my first session with very little guitar knowledge but Teresa was able to meet me at my level and develop my skills quickly and effectively in order to meet my goals. We also worked on piano and voice and she excelled at teaching all three instruments. I recommend Teresa wholeheartedly!
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Anna September 23, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Teresa really takes the time to help her students learn and develop in music. I've made a good amount of progress vocally in the past year and a lot of it is thanks to her coaching. I hope to learn more as I take more lessons with her.
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Stephen September 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great start!
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Teresa Y.

Teresa Y.

Northridge, CA 91325
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About Athan G.

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As a Jazz performance major at Cal State University Northridge, I have received extensive training in both classical and jazz theory. From basic scales to advance harmonic applications, I have much to offer to help expand your knowledge of music theory. I teach based on each students individual needs in order to help them realize their goals.

About Athan
Hello potential students, my name is Athan G. and I would love to be your new teacher! I have been teaching for over eight years, and love it as much as I love music itself. I have extensive experience in helping students reach their goals, becoming the best drummers and musicians that they can be. As a musician, I have been fortunate to study and play with some of L.A.'s top musicians, participating in the country's top student groups and receiving honors at many music festivals and competitions. The lessons I've learned from these great experiences I hope to pass on to you, the student, in order to help you get the most out of our lessons and to turn you into the best musician that you can be. Whether beginner or advanced, and any genre from jazz to rock to hip hop, I feel I have the knowledge to take your drumming and music-making to t
he highest level (and of course, have a blast doing it!) I have a passion for teaching, and would love to have you as my student!
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Jennifer January 7, 2018
· Drum · Online
it was awesome and really informative. Athan was really nice.
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Jason Miazza January 6, 2018
· Drum · Online
Always an awesome lesson with Athan!
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Jason Miazza December 12, 2017
· Drum · Online
Super easy to work with and looking forward to next week already.
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Athan G.

North Hills, CA 91343
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About Liza W.

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As a composer and arranger, I have a deep understanding of music theory and enjoy teaching the intricate ways in which music works to my students. Depending on the needs of each student, I can cover such topics as Classical harmony, voice-leading, and musical analysis, Jazz theory, harmony, and composition, sight-singing, ear-training, and arranging. I look forward to exploring in-depth musical concepts with each of my students!

About Liza
Liza W. is a professional singer, harpist, and composer. As a soloist and ensemble musician, Liza brings a new dimension to the harp’s role in contemporary music, striving to expand the possibilities for this unique instrument in Jazz, Classical, Folk, Latin, and World music. She grew up immersed in the vibrant musical culture of the San Francisco Bay Area and now is based in Los Angeles. Liza began teaching in high school and loves to share her passion for music with her students. She teaches voice, harp, music theory and history, music composition and arranging, and world music genres including Celtic and Latin music. Liza hold a Master's in Music from USC Thornton School of Music and a Bachelor's in Music from IU Jacobs School of Music.
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Wendy September 28, 2017
· Harp · Online
Liza is extremely flexible and patient. She has tailored each lesson to my specific needs and has given me tools I needed to make me a better harp player. She chooses pieces that challenge me and has allowed me to chose from several different pieces/styles that I would enjoy learning, too. If I had to miss a lesson for some reason she went above-and-beyond to accommodate a make-up lesson. She has always been very encouraging and I have loved having her has my harp teacher! --Olivia (14 years old)
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Jesscia S. September 27, 2016
· Harp · In home
Liza is a wonderful and dedicated teacher. She his young, smart, patient and it is abvious to us that she cares and loves teaching harp. In the last few years, my daughter have had several teachers through out her piano and harp lessons, and I never seen her so excited before and after the her music lesson. She has been inspired and highly motivated from the first moment that she met Liza.
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Liza W.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
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About Artem K.

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In my home country of Russia children start learning Music Theory from a very young age. I used to struggle with many concepts of music theory until one of my friends explained it to me. I love to share the knowledge that my friend and my teachers shared with me. I think Music Theory can be extremely exciting and captivating if you teach it right. My personal journey helped me find easier ways to explain these concepts to others.

About Artem
Hello! My name is Artem Kolesov and I'm 22 years old. I'm a second year Masters student at Roosevelt University majoring in Violin Performance.
I am passionate about teaching because I believe education and willingness to learn is an extremely important factor for personal development and success.
I was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia and underwent intensive training in Voice, Violin and Piano. After winning the Frieburg Intenational Violin Competition in 2010, I was offered a full scholarship to study music at Dalhousie University at the age of sixteen. After moving to Canada I had to go through a 9-month intensive english learning program, so I know first hand how difficult it can be to learn a new language. This experience helped me understand the struggles that any ESL student goes through and discover new ways to teach
my first language to others.
I am excited to get to know you and share my knowledge with you!
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Timothy C. August 28, 2017
· Russian · Online
Artem was great. He is a good communicator and is flexible with his schedule. Thanks Artem!!
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Michael March 16, 2017
· Russian · Online
Artem was incredibly helpful when I was taking my Russian classes. My parents never taught me and I finally decided to learn so I could converse with my grandparents.

Artem was amazing at showing me how to speak naturally and fluently without ever getting impatient with me. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn.
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Monique March 16, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Artem is a wonderful violin teacher! He makes it a pleasure to go to lessons and is always in a good mood.
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Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Miah P.

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Music theory for drummers... how to play more musically by understanding chord changes

About Miah
Jeremiah “Miah” Palmer is a professional drummer originally from the San Francisco East Bay area. Having started his percussion instruction in elementary school at age 9, he proceeded through junior and high schools playing in the concert, symphonic, jazz, and marching bands.
At age 15 he joined his first rock band, which he played with through the rest of high school. At 19 he joined the US Army, and throughout his service, he continued to play professional gigs and record around central Texas while not deployed. After the Army he moved to Michigan to pursue music playing live gigs and recording drums for jingles for radio commercials.
He decided to move to Los Angeles in 2003 to study at the M.I. (Musicians Institute). Shortly after, he cofounded the metal band P.D.P. with Greg Harrison. In 2006, he accepted a position with The Van-De
lls and had to move to Nashville, Tennessee. After returning in 2007, having received his Journeyman and Professional certificates in percussion from M.I. he was hired on in 2007 as a classroom drummer and later an LPW (Live Playing Workshop) instructor, all the while playing gigs with local bands and working doing recording sessions. Since then, he has played with many local LA bands.
Currently he is gigging, teaching, and recording in the LA area.
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Miah P.

Los Angeles, CA 90068
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The average cost of 60-minute music theory lessons in Santa Monica is $75. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $75 and $75 per hour.

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