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El Segundo, CA

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All genres - pop, folk, blues, rock, R&B, singer/songwriter, classical, world, etc.
Song structure, harmonic analysis, melodic analysis

About Edwin
Hello! Thank you for your interest in taking guitar/piano/music lessons.

I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 17 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.

I am available to teach guitar(acoustic, electric, classical) for all levels, ages, and styles(pop to folk, rock to soul, world to classical) in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Other subjects taught include bass guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, harmonium, classical percussion, music theory, composition(all styles from pop to classical), ear training, and studio production/engineering/mixing.

Born in Cali, Colombia on April 1979, I began my musical endeavors studying the piano at the age of 6. Early on I had the opportunit
y to play percussion in the school symphony while at the same time developed an intense interest in the instrument that would become my true love, the guitar.

During 1996-98 I studied jazz guitar at the New World School of the Arts music program under the direction of J.B. Dyas and Dr. Roby George. Upon graduation, I was immediately accepted to the University of Miami jazz guitar program under the direction of Randall Dollahan. It was during this time that I also refined my skills as a classical guitarist and as a composer/arranger. In addition, I began passing my knowledge onto friends and eventually began working as a teacher.

My ability to play almost any genre of music is the fruit of past experience playing with an impressive variety of music groups, including jazz combos, symphony orchestras, Andean world music ensembles, and several rock and pop groups as well. As a studio guitarist I have recorded for various artists including Jaci Velasquez, Carlos Ponce, Alexandre Pires, and Noelia.

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Now also available to teach online video chat lessons through Skype.

Every one of you is unique and there are many possible paths to reach your goals in music.

With my background and music industry experience, I am able to customize my lessons for you so that you can reach your desired goals. We will take some time to find out where your passion lies in music and I will use my experience and knowledge to create a customized lesson-plan that will allow us to focus on reaching your desired goals and at the same time maintain a well rounded music education.

I find this to be key in making the lessons and your practice sessions very enjoyable, fun and laid back - knowing that everything we practice, play and talk about is in line with your goals as a student.

I will also be playing along with you and demonstrating everything that we're working on - music is meant to be shared and played with others and it is important to have that experience of interaction from early on in your lessons.

So whether it's learning to accompany yourself or others, write songs, read music, understand harmony, solo, or just jam out to your favorite songs, you will be well on your way to reaching your goals within 6 months of my lessons.

Look forward to making music with you!

Want to learn a quick exercise for mastering the fretboard on your guitar? Check out my article on the TakeLessons blog here: http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-fretboard-chart

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Living room w/ grand piano and seating for parents.
Room/studio with professional recording equipment - Logic Pro X recording software, Mackie HR824 Studio Monitors, Miktech C4 Tube Microphone, UA6176 Preamp/compressor, Apogee Duet D/A converter.

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I provide my instrument and teaching materials.
Students provide their instrument, music folders.

*** Specialties ***
All styles - pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, ethnic, latin, soul
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Nina T. January 28, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
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Charlie January 4, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Edwin is knowledgeable, talented, good-humored, and most important of all: VERY patient. I started with zero knowledge of acoustic guitar and Edwin has steadily built up my confidence and challenged me to grow. He’s always flexible and works with you and your musical tastes to make sure you stay motivated. I’ve been working with him for almost a year now and I can’t recommend him enough!
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Edward (Ned) T. January 4, 2018
· Piano · Online
I've been taking boogie woogie piano lessons with Edwin for a couple of years now. I have little talent but Edwin has always been patient and encouraging. He is an excellent musician and seems to be able to figure out the most obscure sequences from recordings which is important because a lot of this stuff isn't written down. Plus he's willing to take an unconventional approach as normal teaching methods don't seem to work on me. I highly recommend him.
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Edwin I.

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El Segundo, CA 90245
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About Jennifer T.

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Valley Village, CA
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About Jennifer
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Jen T. was 13 years old when she picked up her first guitar, rescuing her mom’s dusty old acoustic from the family’s attic. Quickly developing a love for the instrument, Jen headed west to sharpen her craft at LA’s esteemed Musicians Institute, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance.
While studying at MI, Jen formed the folk-pop duo Jen & Abby with vocalist Abby Miller. With their quirky style and catchy tunes, the band soon gained a devoted following through gigs at many renowned LA venues, including The Key Club, House of Blues, and Hotel Café. Following the release of their 2008 debut album Cannot Rearrange, the band’s music was featured in multiple films and television commercials.
Jen has been sought out by many other artists seeking her particular blend of expertise and p
erformance savvy.
She relishes the chance to put her skills to the test in a wide variety of musical genres. In addition to writing and performing, Jen keeps busy as a private instructor to dozens of aspiring guitarists. She also has done over 1000 online instructional videos totaling up to more than 40 million views for YouTube and Mahalo website. Her various Mahalo website "Learn Guitar" apps have over 300,000 downloads and has had an itunes #1 ibook on how to play guitar.

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Students can expect a very patient supportive atmosphere. Lessons are catered to each students individual needs. The lessons are laid back but also with the understanding that if you work hard you can accomplish any goal that is set.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Apartment extra guitars, computers, music stands

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I expect that the student has his/her own guitar. Any other specifics can be decided on after the first lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching blues, rock, and folk.
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Rik K. August 25, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
just what the doctor ordered; if the doctor is -
dr. john or dr. wu or doctor doctor give me the news. treatment with melodic bed side manners. jennifer cures the funk & the blues!
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Keira M. January 7, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Awesome lesson! Jennifer is very patient and organized. Can't wait for the next lesson.
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Avery G. September 30, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Jen is great! She's very supportive and encouraging which works really well for my daughter.
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Jennifer T.

Jennifer T.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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About John C.

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Training in the basics of modern popular songwriting including form, harmony, melody, and lyric writing.

About John
With a pedigree going back to Beethoven, a bachelor's in music and a certificate in theory, harmony, and ear training from Berklee College of Music online, I have a broad and versatile musical background. My training began when I was in 6th grade and started taking piano lessons. By 9th grade I began competing in national private school fine arts competitions, and aside from my solo performance background I have had extensive experience accompanying, writing, and arranging music.
I also come from a family of school teachers (both my parents, two aunts, and one uncle), and have extensive experience dealing with and teaching children (like tutoring, substitute teaching, coaching, and teaching in a church setting).
Because of all this background, I feel well-prepared to not only bring a strong knowledge-base and skill-set to the lessons I
provide, but also to helpfully convey that knowledge-base and skill-set to my students.
My lessons are catered to the student and aim to develop the whole musician, technically and artistically, incorporating a broad musical understanding with the goals of the parent and/or student in mind. Let's make some true musicians!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not provide any travel equipment. The student should provide a piano/keyboard for lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Along with teaching traditional piano technique, I specialize in improvisation, arranging, songwriting, and composition.
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Olivia February 15, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great! John was patient and made everything very clear and understandable for our daughter. She was thrilled, has been practicing and can't wait for another lesson!
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Praveena M. January 26, 2018
· Piano · In home
John is a fantastic teacher. He is very very patient! And is very knowledgeable and would highly recommend him.
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Deva M. October 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
John is a good teacher and very knowledge. I could see my son Ajay is gaining knowledge and learning to play Paino in a good amount of time. My son is only 4 and John has lot of patience in teaching him. Thank you John!
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John C.

Santa Clarita, CA 91350
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About Cody W.

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Diamond Bar, CA

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I am a songwriter and composer by partial trade and I could help students write songs and original compositions that will blow their audience away. I have experience writing for videos and video games. I have also published a short book on songwriting in 30 minutes or less out on Amazon. One could expect a complete break down of melody and chords and how the words fit, or if an instrumental, how to choose what instruments to write for, what their ranges are, etc.

About Cody
With my two Bachelor's degrees in Music Composition and Technology, I began tutoring students in piano, voice, and composition as it was part of my training. I also have experience writing and editing essays, books, and more for several independent clients. I have experience writing my own books as well. I have written two so far, but am getting ready to write a third. I am a copious editor and can catch grammatical and other errors with ease. This is why tutoring in English would be great for me.
I thought I would add basic math for those school-aged children that are having a little trouble with it in their classes.
Usually, I teach lessons in my home in Diamond Bar or online, but if the need arises, I could surely work out coming to the students' homes for one-on-one tutoring help. With me, most students click after a few lessons and
understand what they couldn't in the classroom. I help the students by teaching in innovative ways that will catch their attention more than standard teaching methods. Students should consider me for I can make learning fun and never a chore!

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I use a wide variety of techniques to sing, play piano and other instruments. Techniques include straight vowel singing (no words) to test how long to hold notes, using color to help people sight read, using improvisational techniques in order to play jazz, rock, classical and many other styles of music.
I use what they student has under his or her belt as a starting point to see what lessons we could start them on.
I also assist with online lessons to make transportation a thing of the past. If you've got a webcam or Skype, I can do long-distance lessons with you! So, I am here to help!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Alesis Recital Keyboard
Music sheets
Web cam
Mac computer (MacBook Pro)
Finale music notation software to help in composition and theory lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music paper for away lessons.
Finale for composition and music theory lessons.
Can use macbook for more elaborate teaching or demonstration if need be.

*** Specialties ***
I do teach classical composition with specialties in ensemble and chamber music. I also specialize in songwriting for pop and other media.
I teach voice and vocal techniques of sacred choral and vocal music.
I teach classical and jazz piano and improvisation. I also have the distinction in being able to teach students with special needs or learning disabilities as I have a mild form of cerebral palsy and understand what students with special needs go through.
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Cody W.

Cody W.

Diamond Bar, CA 91765
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$25 / 30-min

About Oren S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Studied songwriting under the umbrella of music theory & music therapy studies during undergraduate work. Also pursued personal studies of great songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Robert Hunter, Gillian Welch, and others. Have a diverse repertoire of my own songwriting endeavors and compositions, and tools to help others develop their own songwriting interests. I have also set mantras to music and lead community Kirtan occasions,and can offer instruction in that area for those interested in the meditative aspects of music.

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

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

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Music stands; recording equipment as needed

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

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

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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About Scott W.

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About Scott
I've been Teaching piano, and music, and developing my own revolutionary method for 25 years.
I taught classes, and privately for 8 years at "Colton Piano" Superstores, several locations, all ages.
Then my performing career took me around the world, playing keyboards in world famous rock bands.
I have continued to teach, a select few students during that time, but now I'm opening my doors again to be available to teach YOU, and your family the wonderful world of Music!
I teach all styles, in the process. Starting with YOUR favorite songs!
Your skills and ability to play will grow as your interest grows, by having fun realizing that yes, you CAN make music, and even "play-by-ear"!

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Depending on student level.
If you're a beginner, then we start with just getting acquainted with the keyboard. And then sett
ing a goal, towards music "YOU" like, and learning to play it.
If you've already had lessons, I always ask, questions like "Do you already know this"? Then we'll move on past it.
And, questions like "If I'm using a word or 'term' that you're not sure you understand, then stop me, and we'll learn it.
I'm very empathetic, to the process of learning music! I think it's exciting, and I enjoy teaching it because of that!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Downloadable Lesson Method Materials. Webcam.
Pianos / keyboards / Synthesizers / Computer based Keyboards

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1) Piano/Keyboard-"Play by Ear"/ while learning Music Theory.
"I believe in the concept that we could get milk out of the refrigerator, before we could spell it. And we could say "refrigerator", before we could spell it. And Based on that understanding, eventually learned to spell it, and for some, even repair it." I've proven that music can be taught this way, in a gratifying way, without ignoring "Training" that traditionally has intimidated so many.

2)Synthesizer fundamentals.
Whether it's a keyboard, or a computer. If you want to know what all those knobs do, ask me. Sure you can experiment. But There are a handful of knobs and buttons (ADSR/ Filter/ Envelope/LFO etc.) that are the same, across the gamut. That fundamental knowledge makes it possible to control every sound, and create them from scratch, into anything you imagine! If you don't understand what "MIDI" means, or "ADSR", I can teach you in a few short lessons. Knowledge is power.
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Scott W.

Scott W.

North Hollywood, CA 91602
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$40 / 30-min

About Burt G.

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Long Beach, CA
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Song writing is, as the saying goes, 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.

A songwriter is a craftsman who not only can create an interesting beat or think up a lyric or a write a melody, but who knows how a song is put together.

The "perspiration" part can be as creative as the "inspiration" part when you are in control, looking at the whole picture.

About Burt
Pianist/Composer/Arranger Burt Griswold lives and works out of Long Beach California. He studied music composition and piano performance, western and eastern music theory, ethnic music, choral music and electronic music at Cal State San Bernardino, Golden West College, and Long Beach City College.

Burt performs as both soloist and as accompanist in rock and jazz ensembles and with choirs. He has also sung with various choral groups and recorded commercially with the group Meritage ("50 most loved Christmas Carols"). But was the choral director/arranger for the church Teaching of the Inner Christ in Long Beach, California for ten years.

Burt has a steady output of musical composition, from instrumental music, pop music and songs to compositions for full choir. Burt's music is a combination of live and digital instruments that can be
heard on the CD's "Meditation" volumes 1 and 2, and "Atalanta Fugiens: Fifty Alchemical Fugues".

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are always tailored to the needs of the student. If you are a beginner, you will learn how to play the piano and read music. If you already play and wish to take your playing to another level, you can learn how to play in a particular style of music. Or, if you are an aspiring composer or song writer, you can learn to develop your own ideas with Burt's help.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawai MP4 digital stage piano, Motu Digital Performer sequencing/arranging/recording software, Native Instruments Kontakt Sample Library, EMU Mps + Orchestral keyboard, Peavey keyboard amplifier.

*** Specialties ***
Besides teaching piano performance, basic musicianship, and theory, Burt's specializes in composition and will help you develop your own musical ideas.
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Carole R. February 24, 2014
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Excellent piano teacher!

Burt has been teaching my son (age 11) piano for over two years. He is an excellent teacher -- very knowledgeable, patient, keeps things light and fun, but at the same time is appropriately demanding.
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Burt G.

Long Beach, CA 90803
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About Mike B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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As a songwriter with a degree in Music Composition and fluency in several instruments, I can show you how to musically spice up your songs with several little music theory tricks. I can also show you how to analyze your favorite songs, or moments in favorite songs, so you can use these same techniques and make them your own!

About Mike
I've studied piano and other instruments for 30 years, have been teaching music for 20, and have been a full time professional musician and music teacher for 11 years.

As a musician who was raised on classical piano but has also spent his life playing in bands, jamming, and composing in several genres, I believe that a well-rounded musical education is not only practical, but that it brings out the most enjoyment in music.

I also believe in teaching students whatever they love whether it's classical, rock, pop, jazz, world music, or a mix of everything! The more they love it, the more they will practice, and in turn the more they will love how they have improved - a circle of awesomeness!

As a professional musician, I play over 130 shows a year throughout North America as lead singer-guitarist for Celtic Rock group The Whiskeydicks, a
s the touring pianist for classical crossover group Vivace, as a solo singer-guitarist-pianist, and as the lead singer-guitarist-pianist-composer for my own symphonic-rock-fusion group, The Living. I've also toured extensively in Europe as keyboardist and backing vocalist for singer-songwriter Melanie Dekker.

My compositions have been performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Plastic Acid Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Ad Mare Wind Quintet, Vivace, The Living, The Whiskeydicks and cellist-singer-songwriter Cris Derksen.

I have a B.Mus in Piano and Music Composition from The University of British Columbia. I'm an IVA Certified Level I Voice Instructor and have studied Vocals with John Henny, Jeffrey Skouson, Guy Babusek, and Spencer Welch; piano with Terence Dawson, David Vandereyk, and Ross Taggart; composition with Dorothy Chang, Keith Hamel, and Armanini; drums with Jay Deachman and Morgan Childs; bass with David Spidel; and accordion with Jelena Milojevic.

I've just moved to LA from Vancouver where I had about 40 students, so this is the time to sign up as I have room for new students for the first time in years!
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Lorin D. January 13, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Mike is super easy to work with and very supportive. He makes learning fun--as it should be.
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Katy January 3, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
Patient and talented instructor- Mike is able to easily listen to me play and make personalized suggestions. I've had 3 lessons as a complete novice and know I'm on my way to being able to play in public. I'd recommend him to anyone learning a musical instrument, either as a beginner trying to learn the ropes or for more experienced players looking to brush up.
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Los Angeles, CA 90016
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About Ellysa R.

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As an award-winning singer/songwriter myself, I am here to help you take your own thoughts and emotions and turn them into works of art. In our lessons, we will focus on learning the different types of song structure, accessing your creative brain, and using both words and melody to fully express the emotion or story you're wanting to convey. I am so excited to start this wonderful journey with you!

About Ellysa
Hello! My name is Ellysa and I am so excited to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2012 and have loved helping my students realize their potential, gain confidence, and find their own voice. I have been trained in the LAMDA system, as well attending Interlochen Arts Academy. I'm an energetic and empathetic person; my strong perceptive skills allow me to adapt to each of my student's individual needs. While we'll definitely cover the technical aspects of what you're learning, my teaching is very much rooted in who you are and letting your own voice out, whether it be through singing, songwriting, or playing an instrument. I can't wait to start this journey with you!
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Daryl C. December 12, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Ellysa is an amazing teacher! She is incredibly enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and extremely talented. After a few months of working through exercises and songs I have felt noticeable improvements in my accuracy and have greatly extended my vocal range. She has a great ear for pitch and always seems to provide useful advice. For anyone looking for a passionate and experienced singing teacher, I recommend Ellysa!
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Burbank, CA 91502
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I am a professional recording artist/singer-songwriter. I have received honors such as 2016 GRAMMY Amplifier Finalist and 2014 International Songwriting Competition Semifinalist.

In our first lesson, we will begin with where you are in your songwriting and what instruction you are looking for, so that I know how to best help and equip you. Throughout, we will do exercises to work on song structure, harmony, melody, rhythm and lyric writing, all to hone, shape and sharpen in on your individual voice.

As we progress, we can also get into music production and recording demos of your songs!

About Emilie
I am a professional musician, composer and artist with over 12 years background in classical piano. I also specialize in songwriting and singing, and have performed my original music at venues and events ranging from the House of Blues to 626 Night Market to the METRO Golden Streets Festival! Music has been a gift to me, and I consider it a blessing to be able to share it with others.
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Emilie C.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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$50 / 30-min

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