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About Claire R.

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Canoga Park, CA
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I love to teach beginners, intermediate players and advanced players. I am comfortable if you or your child know absolutely nothing about music. We will work with scales and chords at every lesson and progress through music that is appropriate to the students skill level. I like for students to have fun too!

About Claire
I've been teaching piano, cello, voice and theory in Los Angeles for over thirty years, helping students develop their particular interests in music and to encourage them to reach their personal goals. I love the classics and many of my students want to play popular music, contemporary sounds and jazz and that is fine too. I received my BA in music at UCLA and a Master's at Cal State Northridge. I conduct vocal and bell choirs, run a concert series, play chamber music, sing in a band and teach in the Community College District in addition to running my private studio.

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My students work on technical skills such as playing scales and chords at the beginning of each lesson since these are the building blocks of the music we wish to play. I expect students to practice but I understand that life is complicated and som
e days that may mean you only have ten minutes. I try to explain that a little bit every day will help you become a better player rather than working for two hours the day before a lesson. I have lots of good books that I assign that have fun materials with strong melodies. I design everyone's program according to their desires. After a half year, a beginning piano student might expect to be able to play the three essential chords ( the ones that harmonize so many songs) while playing the melody in the other hand. Cellists can expect to be able to play at least four scales, some in two octaves, and understand the notes in the first position within six months.

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Room for parents to wait, dedicated music space, Yamaha piano, great acoustics for singing

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Classical, Popular, Contemporary, Christian
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Mai N. March 12, 2016
· Cello · In studio
I am 43 years old and was scared to take on such a difficult instrument but I really wanted to learn how to play the beautiful cello. I had my first lesson and am very happy with Claire. She is friendly, accommodating, patient, and explains her lesson in a clear and easy manner (as easy as you can get with the cello). I had a lot of questions and she was very open in answering all of them. Although I am still at the very very beginnings of my journey, I am very excited to continue with the cello lessons, thanks to Claire.
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Leslie Mattesich October 30, 2015
· Cello · In studio
The first lesson was excellent. I completed my first private cello lesson since playing about 44 years ago. It was wonderful. The teacher is very organized and very nice. I thought maybe the lesson would be a lesson of remembering what I had forgotten from so long ago, but I actually learned new things. I'm excited to attend the next lesson.
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Mike H. February 11, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Claire works at your pace, but expects you to progress at a steady rate. It's the perfect balance between understanding the student's ability and reasonable expectations for advancement.
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Claire R.

Canoga Park, CA 91303
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$32 / 30-min

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: My availability is very limited right now due to the amount of students I have, however please don't hesitate to message me requesting specific times that are currently unavailable -- I can often shuffle things around to accommodate different scheduling needs.

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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.

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(10)
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$50 / 30-min

About Marta B.

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Long Beach, CA
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I'm an easy going, very experienced, highly qualified teacher with a Doctoral degree in Music Performance. I help my students with their individual goals, whether learning for fun or for career. I teach Beginning to Intermediate Piano students. Suzuki, Faber and Faber, Alfred, or Royal Conservatory methods.

About Marta
I'm an easy going, very experienced, highly qualified teacher with a Doctoral degree in Music Performance. I recently moved to Long Beach and I'm excited to start my teaching studio here. I've been teaching privately and in group classes for over 20 years, both traditional and Suzuki methods. I have over 25 years of performance experience in classical music. I'm also very active in the non-classical scene I've performed with celebrities like Rihanna, Steve Wonder, Trisha Yearwood and local artists, from modern flamenco to jazz, pop, rock. I'm a recording artist and specialize in improvisation and creative collaborations.

The philosophy is to guide students' musical and educational growth through well rounded and personally tailored instruction that emphasizes practicing strategies in technical facility, musicality, history, theory and
music appreciation. My students enjoy discovering and strengthening their talents through my encouragement-oriented and patient guidance. I accept students of any level, starting from age 5 to adults. My students have won auditions to youth orchestras and colleges and some are now professional musician themselves. Whether you are learning for pleasure or for life goals, my studio is open to all.
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Jose Manuel November 8, 2017
· Violin · In studio
From the beginning I was astonished with Marta' s overall prior experienced, which in all encourage me to take classes with her. She is highly patient and explains all her lessons in a way that I can understand perfectly. Marta is highly dedicated and devoted to her students, overall I am more than satisfied with her lessons and effort.
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Cassidy May 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Marta is a talented musician who translates her skills into a managable learning program. As an adult beginner, I appreciate her flexibility, patience, kindness, and easy-to-understand instruction. I have a great time in her lessons!
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Laura L. January 26, 2017
· Cello · In home
I've been taking lessons with Marta for a few months now, as an adult, and am really enjoying it. Marta is clearly an incredibly talented and engaging musician who is able to translate her experience for folks, like me, who might be new to an instrument or music in general. She is skilled in music theory and technique and really focuses on ensuring her students have the foundational skills necessary to build on as they progress. I'd highly recommend her - she makes the hard work of learning a new instrument (or expanding your existing practice) incredibly fun and rewarding.
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Marta B.

Long Beach, CA 90802
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About Zach R.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Mostly jazz piano and jazz harmony. Limited basic piano technique.

About Zach
I have been teaching trumpet, music theory, jazz harmony, jazz piano, and music composition to students of all ages since late 2008. I work very well with young, beginning students as well, and can teach all levels.

I am a touring trumpet player currently working with SAINT MOTEL, and have experiences performing and touring all over the world. In addition to excellent musical education, I apply lessons I have learned from travel that I find truly help as an educational supplement.

Working at UCLA for my degree in music performance has taught me what it takes to be a good teacher, and I am patient, understanding, and believe there's no greater feeling than watching my students flourish. I like to take the time to get to know my students, and plan lessons around their individual needs, rather than plug them into a system set in ston
e. I have a routine I do, that I will start students with, but am very open to modification based on student needs/desires.

I perform jazz professionally in Los Angeles, and have spent time touring in playing in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Macedonia, Canada, and have performed or led groups internationally at the Umbria Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Tuscia Jazz Festival, the Angel City Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. You can hear my original compositions and playing on bandcamp or soundcloud.
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Sebastian K. January 24, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
My son loves having lessons with Zach - they are not only fun and interesting, he also improves every lesson.
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Cara October 8, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
My 9 yr old son has learned so much in only 3 lessons with Zach. We had planned on doing 1 lesson a week but immediately my son wanted more. He is very new to playing an instrument so we were just eager for him to play something that resembled a note but we’ve been super surprised to hear him already playing recognizable beginner songs.
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· Piano · In home
Perfect. My daughter is so happy. This teacher is very nice. He teaches very well.
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Zach R.

Los Angeles, CA 90024
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About Anousha F.

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Beverly Hills, CA
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I have studied piano performance at UC Irvine. I have a lot of experience teaching piano and music theory to all ages.

About Anousha
I am a professional pianist graduated from UC Irvine. I have also attended University of Mozarteum Austria for three years as a none-degree student which helped me getting involved with a lot of different performing projects. I have a lot of experience performing and teaching in Austria and California.
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Shahriyar F. August 26, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Anousha is awesome! She is very supporting and fun.
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Mina A. August 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
ENERGETIC, HAPPY, COMPETENT, POSITIVE

I absolutely recommend her for anyone who seeks musical education.
Anousha is a great musician. More importantly, she is a great teacher and communicates very well with my children. As a family, we are so lucky to have her at our home every week. Every time, She brings so much joy and fun to our home.

Thank you so much Anousha
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Anousha F.

Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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About Troy P.

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Los Angeles, CA

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With all my lessons you should expect to learn a lot about yourself. I approach each student differently depending on your learning style. I hope to make learning fun but that doesn't mean I'm not going to challenge you every week to get better.

About Troy
I have always loved music from an early age. I began playing viola at five years old playing with the Washington DC Youth Orchestra. I continued his career being classically trained in not just viola, but piano as well. Along the way I picked up guitar, drums, and more! I then studied under violist Katherine Murdock at the University of Maryland. I've performed at the White House, the Kennedy Center, and the Spanish Embassy. I now live in Los Angeles recording and producing my own music as well as artists nationally and internationally. My favorite thing about music is the creation of new sounds from a blank slate. My favorite thing about teaching music is making music fun. When taking lessons with me you can expect to have fun but also deeply learn the craft while discovering your own passions along the way. I look forward to getting to
know you as a student and learning about your specific goals, interests, and learning style. Book a lesson now!
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Elsa October 7, 2018
· Viola · In home
Troy is great. He has been teaching our 6 year old daughter violin. (Not viola) as her first ever instrument. He is super patient, thoughtful, understanding and engaging. From moment we met him we knew he’d work for our daughter. He is multi talented playing many instruments so the background seems to really help him engage variety of levels. Excited to see this take shape. Def recommend Troy
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Tanya J. September 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
We are really excited to be working with Troy!
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Travis P. August 22, 2018
· Viola · In studio
Troy was a fabulous instructor for my 10 year old son while he was in DC. Troy made the lessons fun, and my son always looked forward to his weekly lesson. I noticed a dramatic improvement after the first few weeks. I would highly recommend him as an instructor.
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Los Angeles, CA 90026
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About Colby D.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Do you want to learn classical piano? I'm here for you! I have a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance and have been playing/performing for over 16 years. Lessons are customized for each student based on their experience and their goals. I will help you build a strong foundation of music theory and technique to master those black and white keys. Let's get started!

About Colby
I have been playing and studying piano for over 16 years. I graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor's of Arts in Piano Performance. I have studied with a wide variety of teachers, which gives me the ability play various composers and styles.

I teach beginner/intermediate students of all ages. We will make a personalized goal for each student, and then create a plan to reach this goal.

BEGINNER STUDENTS
Students will first learn how to get comfortable at the piano. They will learn where they keys are and the correct posture/hand placements. In addition, students will learn how to...
- Read Music
- Rhythm Practice
- Basic Music Theory

INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS
For students who are already familiar with piano, we will work to advance those skills, and introduce more challenging repertoire. Students will st
udy topics such as...
- Building technique
- Basic/Intermediate Music Theory
- Dissecting a piano score
- Sight Reading
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Jacob November 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
My kids love their weekly lessons with Colby! I can really hear the difference in their playing ever since they started lessons with her. Plus she has stickers, and everybody loves stickers.
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Sarah October 29, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent instructor! She really works on improving my technique and finding new ways to practice.
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Bailey Levien October 5, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Very kind and patient teacher. She explains things in a way that are very easy to understand.
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Colby D.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Jonathan E.

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Long Beach, CA
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Coming from 15+ years' experience learning, interpreting, & performing music; 7+ years recording, & 6+ years teaching, you can expect from me an enjoyable, streamlined lesson to help strengthen your musical understanding & ability to further utilize your love for music. I specialize in classical, jazz fundamentals, rock/pop, recording, composition, & live performance. I'm fairly well versed in many other genres, so I can easily meet your preferences across the board. Cultivate a deeper relationship with your instrument & unlock your potential! :)

About Jonathan
Coming from 15+ years' experience learning, interpreting, & performing music; 7+ years recording, & 6+ years teaching, you can expect from me an enjoyable, streamlined lesson to help strengthen your musical understanding & ability to further utilize your love for music. I specialize in classical, jazz fundamentals, rock/pop, recording, composition, & live performance. I'm fairly well versed in many other genres, so I can easily meet your preferences across the board. Cultivate a deeper relationship with your instrument & unlock your potential! :)
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Jonathan E.

Long Beach, CA 90815
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$27 / 30-min

About Juli H.

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Pasadena, CA

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I customize my lessons based on the student and/or parent’s goals. I utilize resources such as note reading apps, sight reading, music theory and technical excercises. In addition, each student will learn to play music from The Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary eras/styles.

I am Classically trained and I have a music degree from USC. I am also a member of the California Music Teacher’s Association and my students may participate in the annual Certificate of Merit program.

I host student recitals twice a year and also group workshops.

About Juli
I graduated from the University of Southern California with a music degree and did graduate work at Cal State University Long Beach. Over the past 30+ years I have taught private piano, taught classroom music, and directed children’s choirs. I am currently the Organist and Director of Music at St. John’s Presbyterian In West Los Angeles.

Music if my life and I’m passionate about sharing my knowledge with students of all ages.
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Juli H.

Pasadena, CA 91104
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$51 / 30-min

About Kristin C.

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Topanga, CA
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-Over 10 years of professional experience teaching with ranging proficiency levels
-Masters Degree in Piano Performance studying under Avery Fisher Grant Award Winner, Alessio Bax
-Concert Pianist Scholarships to the International Keyboard Institute in NY and the Mozarteum Summer Institute in Austria
-Alternate Finalist of the Seattle International Piano Competition
-Patient, Punctual, Flexible

About Kristin
Hi, I'm Kristin! I have a selection of piano students from all walks of life that come to enjoy beautiful, scenic lessons in Topanga. Along with being a very proficient and regular performer myself of my own original music, I have been a teacher for over 10 years, have a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and have won many scholarships including the Mozarteum Summer Institute in Austria and Alternate Finalist of the Seattle International Piano Competition. I am always Patient, Punctual and Adaptable to my students.
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Kristin C.

Topanga, CA 90290
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$50 / 30-min

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