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About Cory M.

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Hawthorne, CA

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So you want to play an instrument? Well I have taught for over 40 years and have developed special programs for you on piano, guitar, bass, voice and other instruments for you to learn. From easy beginner to the most advanced, I will help you to learn the songs you love! Whether we use the most modern technology in my professional recording studio or just some chords or perhaps learning to sight read something for a talent show, I can take you all the way to the highest performance level. Your goals are my goals.
I have studied with some of the most famous teachers in the world, including Charlie Parker's pianist Walter Bishop Jr. and Dizzy Gillespie's musical director Mike Longo, among many others.
I also have the experience of over 400 gigs a year to bring to your lesson. I have performed on piano, guitar and bass and voca
ls with famous stars and some really great bands which will help me answer many of your questions. I am currently still working, teaching and recording all the time. I also have a professional recording studio in my home which you can take full advantage of.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want you to have fun learning and can help you with understanding and memorizing your songs.
I focus on sight-reading, ear training (like jamming and playing blues) and theory. You get to choose the areas you would like to learn.
Once we have established the basics including melody and chords, we will pick songs you want to learn to play with your friends or just by yourself. We can use music books or go on YouTube to learn your songs.
I have helped students with auditions as well as performances. After only a few lessons you will hear and see things differently than ever before.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio comes complete with acoustic and electric keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass and amps to play through, as well as professional microphones for recording. I use ProTools for recording which is used in every major studio around the world and it's loaded with great software for demos or mastering songs.

*** Specialties ***
I teach beginner, intermediate and advanced students.
I teach all styles of music including Classical, Jazz, and Rock/Pop/Blues.
I also teach songwriting, performing and recording in my ProTools studio.
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Malcolm M. August 9, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great bassist and overall musician. He will break down the concept of music giving you a better insight and understanding of how it all works. I have great confidence you too will be happy moving forward with his lessons.
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Malcolm M. July 14, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Very knowledgeable. Looking forward to the next course.
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Glenn June 5, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Cory, is the Master Yoda of teaching music. That is truly evident in his patience, and honest desire to see you learn. Whether a beginner or an advanced musician like myself, Cory is exactly what you would hope to find in a great teacher. He is excellent in his skill and mastery of the art of music. That includes both his skill as a player, and in the science of music theory & harmony, When u see him play Piano, you will know instantly that he is a great master. Amazingly, he is also an awesome Guitarist & Bass Player. He has over 30 years of experience gigging on all 3, so there's no questioning his qualification to teach on all instruments. His seriousness as a true musician, and connoisseur of all forms of music & songwriting are especially beneficial to you. If you apply yourself, you will no doubt achieve your set goals, whatever they may be. Cory could be teaching at Juilliard or Berklee College of Music if he wanted to. That is not a joke. I went to Berklee, and so I am qualified to make that assertion. I learned a great deal studying with Cory, and that has translated into a priceless benefit for my own work.

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Cory M.

Cory M.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
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About Radina V.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Radina
I am a dedicated vocal coach, musician, singer, songwriter and founder of "Vocals on Stage".
At the age of 6 I started playing Cello and discovered my passion for music but my main focus quickly became the instrument voice. I studied for years at the Unique Voice Studios - a private school for contemporary singing in Vienna and have studied Jazz vocals at the Schubert Conservatory in Vienna as well as private vocal coaches Rocio Guitard, Romana Caren Lakinger, Sandy Cressman, Monika Ballwein and others.
I have a Master of Science Degree from the University of Vienna and speak English, German, Bulgarian and French.

Since 2005 I have been studying and teaching "Mix" - a vocal technique which teaches students how to transition smoothly between chest voice and head voice and receive the full benefits of “both worlds”: the natural and p
owerful sound of the chest voice, and the beauty and range of the head voice.
I teach contemporary music, Pop, Rock, Soul, Blues, Jazz, R'n'B, Country and Musical.
For the past 8 years I have been working as a vocal instructor in Vienna, San Francisco and Los Angeles, giving private and group lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
During a lesson we will work half of the time on technical exercises and half of the time on a song which the student can choose or I will make a recommendation.
All lessons are recorded and given to the student to conveniently practice at home between each lesson.

Music styles thought: Pop, Rock, Musical Theater, Soul, Country, R'n'B, Blues, Jazz

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano
Keyboard
Speakers
Recording System
Laptop

*** Travel Equipment ***
Laptop, Recording Device

*** Specialties ***
Mix - a vocal technique which teaches students to smoothly transition between their chest voice and their head voice.
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Sade M. April 19, 2015
· Singing · In home
Working with Radina is such a pleasure! She is extremely patient and kind. I truly enjoy the different methods she provides to help me improve my voice. Another great thing is her recorded lessons. I can always go back and review our lesson and go over things I needed help with using the recordings. She's also incredibly flexible with my hectic schedule, which is such a huge plus! I highly recommend her. Thank you so much for everything, Radina. You're amazing!
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Hans D. November 14, 2013
· Singing ·
This is it!

I've been taking lessons with Radina for a few months and I'm super happy with the progress I've made so far. I didn't know anything about head voice, chest voice, mix and now it's all starting to make sense. I'm not afraid to sing higher notes which I always wanted to be able to do!

Radina is a highly professional and nice teacher, she really understands what is going on in a singers voice and mind and she hears everything.

I always look forward to my next lesson :)
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olja M. November 7, 2013
· Singing ·
inspiring!

> very professional
> kind
> knowing exactly what she is doing
> such a positiv and powerful person with so much inspiring energy
> uncomplicated and professional communication

During the lessons I learn so much from Radina and by the way: she is such a humorous person and perfect in motivating me.

Also my little sister takes lessons since years. It's so much fun for her too.

I very much recommend Radina!!!
You will get adiccted!!!
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Radina V.

Radina V.

Los Angeles, CA 90034
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About James T.

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About James
I started my musical career at the age of 2, on the piano, shortly afterwards moving to the violin, and the viola. Earning the music scholarship at school for best classical musician, and later on the scholarship for best orchestral instrumentalist at the world renowned music conservatoire WAAPA (West Australia Academy of Performing Arts). Earning my first diploma (A.Mus.A) at age 14, my music has taken me all around the world. I've played such places as the Australian High Commission, Rheingoldhalle in Mannhein, Dvorak hall in Prague, Australian embassy in London, Disneyland in Paris, and the opening the Australian embassy in Berlin, all before the age of 18.

Most recently through my many musical endeavors, I have been granted a visa of extraordinary ability as musician to enter the United States.

Since then I have lead the LADSO
viola section, played with the West LA Symphony Orchestra, played alongside Laryn Hill, a show presented by Quincy Jones, played in movie orchestras, recorded for studio sessions, performed electronic violin for private parties and nightclubs across the US.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching music since age 11. My mother is a concert pianist and I started off by teaching her students the violin. I have taught ever since and I love it. I have studied in Australia, Europe and the US.

I will help you create a fantastic technical base so you will be able to play with ease as your skill level develops, all while keeping the lessons fun and engaging.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Violin, Viola, Music Stand, General Teaching Aids, Recording Equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and basic materials but the student is expected to have their own instruments and to buy the music I recommend. I will help source and instruments and materials.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music. I also teach other styles of music including improv, how to play pop music and can help you reach any musical goal. In Australia I used the AMEB syllabus. Which is the Australian examination system for music. I also teach Suzuki method and similar methods. I like creating a great foundation with a lot of exercises and scale patterns to really build up a solid base.
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Katrina B. April 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
James is a great teacher. I haven't practiced piano in years and James made it enjoyable and easy to get back into it.
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Naum Y. January 26, 2017
· Violin · In studio
After several lessons I should say we are very pleased with the teacher and his instructions style. My 12 year old is enthusiastic and waiting for his lessons every week.
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Victoria November 10, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Great first lesson!
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James T.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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About Charissa S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Charissa
NOTE: This is about you not me!!!!! DJ techniques including Turntables, CDJ’s, and everything you need to know about DJ'ing, from harmonic mixing to creating a real journey, what tracks to start/end with, how to beat match. What to expect and how to get booking...agents/managers. Now some of this can be done on-line but I normally teach DJ'ing privately, so lets have a discussion and see how I can help you.
All Ableton course are on-Line or you can choose private using go to meeting which is the platform I utilize to teach.

Charissa S. aka DJRAP has 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. She began as a trailblazer in what is called today's 'EDM' in 1988 to become the worlds number one female DJ/Producer and label owner of two record labels: Propa Talent & Impropa Talent Alongside with Goldie,Roni Size and other bass le
gends she helped pioneer a style of music called Drum and Bass.
Skills:
Owner of Music Tech Collective Ableton DJ /Instructor Los Angeles.
Ableton levels 1-6 (beginner to advance)
DJ techniques including Turntables, CDJ’s, and Serrato Level 1-4 (beginner to advance).
One on one music instruction.
Full spectrum music production and performance.
Business course outlining label management, event design, artist and brand development.

OTHER MEDIA/MUSIC IN FILM
DJ Rap appeared in the video for BT's hit "Never Gonna Come Back Down", which featured lyrics about her, as well as the video for "Simply Being Loved".
The song "Drummin" & Bassin" appeared on the soundtrack for the video game, Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights.
The song "Good To Be Alive" appeared on the soundtrack for the 1999 movie Go.
"Good To Be Alive" appeared on the soundtrack for Rogue Trader.
"Bad Girl" appeared on the soundtrack for Jennifers Lopez's film Enough.
"F--k With Your Head" appeared on the soundtrack for Run Lola Run".
LMFAO Remix "Sine Language" appeared on the soundtrack for Skyline.
"Bad Girl" appeared in the movie Enough in 2002.
DJ Rap track on The Hills – "I Just Wanna Feel Good".
"I'm Ready" appeared on the soundtrack for Teenage Mums.
"Party Like A Rockstar" appeared on the commercials for American Idol.
Partially scored soundtrack with Hans Zimmer on "Mission Impossible".
DJ Rap's remix of The Crystal Method (feat. LMFAO) – "Side Chain The Bass" appeared on the soundtrack for Skyline.
"I'm Ready" appeared on the soundtrack for The Secret Life Of The American Teenager.

ARTISTS/COLLABORATIONS
DJ Rap has also written songs and performed her own vocals for several artists, including:

BT – "Giving Up The Ghost"
Art of Trance – "Madagascar - Domi Nation Remix"
DJ Hyper – "Dancing With The Lights Out" (awaiting release)
Erick Morrillo – "Happy"
Static Revenger – "Do It Again"
Steve Laroni – "OK Today", "Turn Around", "Sweet Surrender", "Return To Me", "Shattered", "This Is Me"
Fast Eddie – "Drummin" & Bassin"
Stan Walker – "Light It Up" (Sony Records About To Be Released - Australian Idol Winner)
DJ Tydi – "Talking To Myself"
Shelley Harland – "Only Human"
The Matrix – "Give It All Away", "Turning Me On", "Breathe"
Matthew Gerard – "Without You"
Starkillers – "Party Like A Rockstar"
Junior Sanchez – "Superstar"
Brain Matrix – "Lift Me Up", "Back To You"
Chevy Bhorntus – "Synthesis" (co-wrote album)
Ryu And Scoopdeville – "Party Like A DJ"
DJ Eve Falcon – "Good Times"
System 22 – "Good To Be Alive 2011 (Dubstep Mix)"
Aston Harvey And The Freestylers – "Spiritual Aura"
MC Navigator – "Good To Be Alive 2011"
Kenny Ken/G Squad – "Brave New World"

REMIXES
Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream" *
Metasyn – "Back To Life"
Erick Morillo – "Dancin'"
Top Cat – "Ruffest Gunark"
Sharon Forester – "Love Inside"
Da Boss (feat. Blu) – "I'm So"
Amazon 2 – "Deep In The Jungle"
Ferry Cortsen – "Indigo"
Posion Chang – "Love The Woman"
Dub War – "Million Dollar Love"
Dizzy Rascal – "Dance Wit Me" *
Tommy Lee – "Everyone Takes So Long" *
Filter – "Drink it, Snort it, Smoke it" *
Andy Caldwell – "Warrior" *
Blake Lewis – "Binary Love" *
Queen – "Bohemian Rap-sody" *
Nirvana – "Smells Like Teen Spirit" *
Crystal Method (feat. LMFAO) – "Side Chain The Bass" *
Olive – "You're Not Alone" *
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Nicole Schmitt February 18, 2016
· DJing · Online
super down to earth & genuinely interested in her students and the time she spends with them... I would highly recommend her :)
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sara November 16, 2015
· DJing · In studio
Charissa is an amazing one on one teacher. She goes at your own pace and makes sure you really know what's going on. I'm a slow learner so I love that I can ask her as many questions as I want and when I want! Not to mention, she is one of the coolest down to earth people I've ever met!
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Jenn November 13, 2015
· Ableton · In studio
Such a great teacher, and you can be sure that she knows her stuff. But what I appreciated the most was the fact that she always made sure that I understood the lesson before we moved on to the next. Teachers this great, that truly care about helping their students reach their dreams, are hard to come by these days!
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Charissa S.

Charissa S.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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$50 / 30-min

About Trent B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I have been teaching music for over a decade both privately and publicly. My degrees include a Bachelor's in Education and a Master's in Jazz Studies. I play drums, bass, guitar, piano, voice and am proficient in music production, theory, and composition. Additionally, I have professional experience in the music industry performing, touring, and recording. Recently, I finished touring with Taylor Swift on her 1989 World Tour.
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Sam January 7, 2016
· Drum · In home
I can't say enough good things about Trent as a teacher. Since I've been studying with him my skill on the kit has grown leaps and bounds!
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Miriam January 7, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Trent is an awesome instructor! His lessons are so fun that you don't even realize how much you're learning. I like that we get to work on the songs that I choose.
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Miriam January 7, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Trent is an awesome instructor! His lessons are so fun that you don't even realize how much you're learning. I like that we get to work on the songs that I choose.
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Trent B.

Trent B.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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About Camille V.

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Ventura, CA

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

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

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

I specialize in classical, jazz, musical theater, and contemporary styles, but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every genre. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Joni C. September 13, 2017
· Country Singing · Online
I LOVED IT
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Felicia P. September 12, 2017
· Singing · Online
Camille is awesome!! The very first day I met her (online) she demonstrated a patient, caring and understanding attitude concerning my view of my singing abilities. I was able to tell after our first session that she genuinely cares about helping me enhance my voice and she goes the extra mile to ensure I have full understanding of how to correctly train my voice. I Thank God he chose her to be my vocal trainer!!
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Cynthia August 25, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Working with Camille is awesome! She is a knowledgeable and talented musician who brings levity and perspective to all of her projects. I have learned so much from her in terms of vocal health, professional musicianship, and performance practice. I'd highly recommend her to anyone looking to improve their musical knowledge and technique.
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Camille V.

Ventura, CA 93001
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$25 / 30-min

About David D.

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Studio City, CA

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David is a guitarist, music producer, and mix engineer who works with artists at varying levels developing their skills, creativity, and music. Over the course of nearly 2 decades playing in bands and working in music production, David knows the skillset and mindset necessary to perform at a professional level.

In 2015, David was nominated for a Pensado Award for "Most Unique Project Studio" and followed that up in 2016 sharing the stage with Jimmy Eat World and Neon Trees.

David's passion for creativity, performing, and connecting with people are what drives him.
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Angelica August 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
If you are tired of guitar teachers who half-try through a song a week leaving you constantly learning new material but somehow never making any progress...stop. You are not doing yourself any favors. What you need is a teacher like David who actually gives a care about your playing and has the ability to break down your technique and give you an analysis of what you need to become a better player. With the benefit of David's coaching, I have made changes to my form and finger placement for the better. These are the hard changes in ingrained habits I needed to make to take my playing to the next level.

I would also encourage you to take advantage of David's expertise as an engineer if you are his student. He has recorded many bands and is very generous with his home studio for his students. The ability to record without the pressure of "being in the studio" is huge. Even if you do not currently have plans to record, the experience of playing in front of a microphone is very educational and listening to the subsequent recording is a great learning tool.

Taking lessons are pointless if both sides are not engaged. David is a rare guitar teacher who is committed to the growth of every student. If you are similarly committed to your own growth, I can't think of a better teacher for you to study the guitar with.
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Judy L July 22, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
David is unlike any guitar teacher I have worked with. He pays close attention to details like finger placement or guitar hold and listens carefully to correct any bad habits, posture or form. Sometimes you are used to playing a certain way and don't notice some bad form or habits and he's able to diagnose sound issues. David is also great at being encouraging and suggesting ways of playing that makes sense for each song. He customizes the lesson so that you feel good about playing. He makes playing really fun and what seemed hard before, he helps to make it easy. He brings helps you feel like a rockstar after a few lessons. I highly recommend David!
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David D.

Studio City, CA 91604
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About Hyoung K.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I am a professional solo/collaborate pianist and dedicated teacher who just moved from Rochester, NY where I finished my doctorate in piano performance and literature at Eastman School of Music. Please visit my website for more information and my live recordings and videos. Short bio is below.

-Website: hyoungwukkim.com

-Member of MTNA, MTAC (CM)

    Hyoung Wuk Kim, a native of South Korea, began playing piano at the age of six. When he was young, he had a wide interest to learn various musical instruments such as saxophone, trombone, and classic guitar. For the first musician figure, he appears as an electric guitarist in heavy metal band after high school years, then a trumpeter in military brass band in South Korea.  Then he made a challenging decision to play the piano professionally at the age of twenty-two. 

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st Hyoung Wuk Kim enjoys a versatile performing career as recitalist and chamber musician. His performances have garnered national acclaim and he has been recognized for his “remarkable interpretation”. He won prizes in several competitions and played in many recitals throughout the United States including Texas, California, Missouri, New York and Virginia. He especially, has been invited to give solo concerts from many educational organizations such as University of Syracuse, University of Central Missouri, Nazareth University, among others. Recently, he has performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the Greece Symphony Orchestra in NY.

    As a pianist who made the decision to pursue a professional journey in piano performance after completing military service as a musician in South Korea, he brings a unique perspective and approach in teaching. His time as a trumpeter in the military brass band built up his musicianship and ambition, leading him to return fully to his piano training. Hyoung’s experiences also developed a deep understanding and knowledge of the technical mechanism of one’s body in playing piano and how to help young musicians interpret music. Over 9 years of teaching experience through Eastman School of Music, Bellflower Music School, and Aria’s School of Music, many of his students have represented their developing musicianships and successes not only winning competitions but also performing with the orchestra.
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Hyoung K.

Los Angeles, CA 90020
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About Casey M.

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I have played the piano for 19 years, the guitar for 15 years and have taught privately for 6 years.
I've performed and toured throughout the United States including at festivals such as Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Folklife Seattle and at venues such as the Great American Music Hall, Yoshi's, The Independent, Blue Note Napa, Kuumbwa Jazz center
I hold a Bachelors in Music (Jazz Piano Studies) from the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, Ca.
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Casey M.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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About Jesse A.

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I have grown up in the LA South Bay and have been playing guitar since I was 10. I started teaching kids Guitar with American Music History in a private school two years ago (can provide a reference if you are interested). I teach mainly traditional american music like folk, rock and country, which is the foundation for basically anything in modern music. Let's chat about what you want to learn, what level you are at and create a curriculum that works for you. The goal is to make guitar playing fun and easy!
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Jesse A.

Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
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