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The language of music is more easily learned when you understand the backbone holding together otherwise strange concepts and rules. It is very logical and rewarding to unlock the puzzles with fun games, exercises and applications of the theory that operates in almost all the music you listen to. Plus, armed with solid theory knowledge and some ear training you can teach yourself your favorite hit songs and even start writing your own.

I always include a bit of theory in the instrument lessons to accompany and enrich but you can also receive instruction solely in theory if you wish.

About Paul
I am a firm believer in the power of music to heal, entertain, and teach. It is our first and most vital universal human language and as such, I believe we all have the ability to learn how to communicate beautifully with music to express our deepest feelings. As a teacher it is my privilege and pleasure to help you develop.

From classical violin to jazz piano my early musical education not only spanned genres and instruments but also geographically from Austin Texas to Madison Wisconsin and finally brought me to Los Angeles where I currently reside and produce and teach music professionally.

Helping you or your child reach your musical dreams in a friendly-nurturing environment is my sincere desire and obligation as your teacher. Discipline is required and to be expected, however, an overly rigid or demanding routine can do mo
re harm than good. I believe attention must be paid to individual learning styles. Therefore, as a teacher I have learned to observe carefully at first and custom tailor a practice routine with each student aimed at achieving their goals. I believe the study of music helps foster a deep level of self-confidence and self realization, which eventually leads the student to discover a portion of himself he would otherwise never know. My goal is to inspire others with this joy, which is everyone's birthright and an important key in finding happiness.

A gifted singer-songwriter of Pop, Rock, World and Reggae songs that possess that timeless quality. He has recorded with 2 time Grammy nominated producer Barry Goldberg (Eagles, Robbie Robertson, Verve Pipe, Marilyn Manson). He has released three CDs, had songs featured in compilations and in feature length film, toured North America, and taught guitar, piano, and voice both privately and in an all ages Montessori school in Santa Monica. He consistently played in a variety of bands while earning an A.A. in music from SMC and later a B.A. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, where he earned distinction as an excellent student both academically and in musical performance. He brought passion to his performances with legends, Fransisco Aguabellas Afro Cuban ensemble, Brazilian Batucada ensemble, African-American gospel choir, music and dance of Ghana, and the Balinese Gamelan ensemble. As a member of several original LA bands, (Las Manchas, Samson Simpson, Toussaint, Mentone, Cloth and Spicy Fernandez) he has performed at world famous venues and toured North America. He co-wrote and co-produced the first EP records by Samson Simson with Ronen Navah, and also co-produced Mentone's first full-length record, "Empire" with Ronen Navah and Aki Ehara" Currently he is developing his new band, Spicy Fernandez, which has released a few singles on the internet and is getting a good buzz from Industry heavy weights.

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I believe in custom tailoring a curriculum to fit the students needs, while still providing them with the same basic tools all musicians need to develop in order to play well (both with themselves and with others). Obviously, some students require more structure and discipline, while others have a stronger work ethic. Some may even need a teacher that is more laid back to balance them out, but more so my job is to facilitate learning and guide. A student studying with me can expect to receive a general assessment of their skill level in musicianship, theory, and on their instrument within the first couple of lessons (or once I feel that I have experienced enough of their abilities). Based on that assessment, I will work with the student to develop a plan of small goals to work toward. Progress will be monitored weekly and larger goals will unfold naturally in accord with the students own dreams and musical ambitions. Within 3 to 6 months of study with me students will learn to play a range of simple songs, basic scales, exercises, finger positions, and have a solid foundation for listening to, and playing to rhythm.

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Full acoustic upright, Wurlizter electric piano, and keyboard synths, a computer based digital audio workstation...guitars...percussion...in the front room of my house. Has a full set-up for a band.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide copies of some sheet music, a library of music books, percussion instruments, digital recordings of lessons.
I expect that they provide their own instrument, pencil, notebook, 3-ring binder for sheet music, stereo/mp3 player, CD player, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I excel at popular music genres such as pop, blues, R&B, rock, and jazz. I am also trained classically and enjoy the challenges of standard repertoire from Bach to Chopin.
I began studying music as a student of the Suzuki method. However, today I find that my own practice resembles most closely, the Kodály, Dalcroze, and Orff-Schulwerk methodologies in philosophy and application.
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Shiva A. August 25, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Paul is very talented and, a very good and patient teacher. He is prepared for the class even before you arrive at his place, and communicates his thoughts very clearly. He is ready for a challenge if you give him a random song which you wanted to practice, and he begins to play the song on the guitar without any tabs or notes, instead just by listening to it a couple of times.

He's great to work with, and I'd choose him as my guitar teacher again if I ever live in the surrounding area.
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Beatriz B. April 23, 2014
· Piano ·
Have learned so much and more to learn

Paul is very passionate about music and teaching in general. He does a fantastic job when it comes to instructing and I'm excited to see future progress within my skills. I Definitely recommend him for great music taste and for creating a good atmosphere with his students.
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GREAT TEACHER

Paul is an attentive, intelligent and multi talented instructor - highly recommended.
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Inglewood, CA 90302
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About Tigran N.

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Beginning, Intermediate and advanced music theory.
I have been teaching music theory in private schools for 5 years now.
I am starting with basic elements of music theory such as sound, pitch (intervals, major and minor scales), rhythm (beat, tempo, meter etc.), harmony (tonality, chords, triads, inversions), key signatures, diatonic chords, chromatic harmonies, dynamics, articulation and much more...

About Tigran
Noted violinist and gifted educator. Studied with H. Harutyunyan and V. Khachatryan, students of the great violinist L. Kogan. Tigran N. has been teaching Violin and Viola to students of all ages for over 15 years. He received his Master's degree in Music Performance from The Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia and his Bachelor of Music from Babajanyan State Music College. In addition to teaching, he has performed and recorded with several orchestras, has composed and arranged several pieces including his own album. He is a highly educated individual who enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise with students interested in learning.

Teaching is my passion and I thoroughly love what I am doing.
Every single child is special to me and every one receives special attention.
My students also play semiannual recital, witch he
lps them to gain confidence.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home: Music room w/ piano, guitar, violin, stands, seating for parents

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Music stand if required

*** Specialties ***
Russian traditional and Suzuki methods.
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Katya August 4, 2017
· Violin · Online
I have a music background, but quit playing violin at some point.
Tigran has helped me to pick up violin after a long hiatus.
He assisted me with establishing my daily practice routine, gave a lot of valuable advice on how to redevelop my technique within the short period of time.
Definitely Tigran is an experienced, supportive and encouraging teacher.
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Ritesh Mathew June 4, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Tigran is clearly the best music teacher I've encountered thus far. He's not only extremely knowledgeable and an experienced music teacher, but also an excellent human being. He goes above and beyond his normal duties to make sure that his students excel in music. He's a very caring and a patient instructor. I strongly recommend Tigran to anyone who's interested in music!
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Walker G. October 9, 2016
· Piano · In home
Friendly and great with my son! I'm looking forward to seeing how things progress.
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Tigran N.

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Granada Hills, CA 91344
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About Christa H.

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About Christa
Hi, my name is Christa! I am a voice and piano teacher with a background in songwriting and classical piano. I embrace an intuitive and holistic approach to teaching, learning and discovering the uniqueness of your own style in a fun learning environment.

I studied voice and songwriting at Berklee College of Music and have been playing and teaching music to adults and children for several years. I bring a relaxed and holistic and also disciplined approach to my lessons, incorporating warmups and exercises, and song performance and interpretation into each lesson, providing you with tools and strategies for you to take away from each lesson.

Voice lesson skills might include: breath management and support, pitch control, ear training, music reading skills and various other topics as well.

Piano lesson skills might include note-
reading, sight-reading, music theory, time and rhythm, finger technique, music interpretation and more.

Lessons are always tailored to your learning goals and musical interests!
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Carvon Futrell June 11, 2017
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Great coach
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Rebecca Samson February 28, 2017
· Piano ·
Christa is a great teacher. She is warm and friendly and very knowledgeable. My six year old loves her!
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Cailey Fleming February 24, 2017
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Christa is amazing, she's fun & she really helped my daughter with her specific needs!!!
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Christa H.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Nils B.

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-Melodic & Rhythmic Music Notation
-Chord Construction & Circle of Fifths
-Chord Progressions (Diatonic Harmony, Modal Interchange, Secondary Dominants, etc)
-Melodies (Scales & Modes)

About Nils
Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, age 5 or 500, in my experience, with just a little bit of practice each day anyone can learn to play guitar.
Maybe your goal is to simply learn to play your favorite songs or maybe you want to learn to write your own music, improvise, or perform live.
Like all good things in life, there are no shortcuts, and learning the guitar takes time and effort, but in return you get the ability to express yourself through music, which is one of the most rewarding skills anyone could ever learn, at any age and in any situation.

My main focus is on helping you reach the point where you are actually playing music, instead of endlessly going over exercises or theory.
I want you to be able to play music you would enjoy listening to, because this is when you will start to truly appreciate your accomplish
ment, and progress will start to come much easier.

Together we will discuss your personalized course, based on your goals and situation, and along the way I will provide materials/tools and a summary or a recording of each lesson as needed, for you to take home to work on.
Different aspects we'll discuss are technique, chart/sight reading, music theory, ear training, soloing/improvisation, and developing a strong sense of rhythm, most of which will be done through simply learning to play the songs you like.
Besides the basics, it's very important to learn how to independently keep challenging yourself, learn from your mistakes and continue growing musically, simply using your ears and whatever information you can find online or anywhere else, even without my help.

Besides teaching you how to play I can also help with finding the right instrument and equipment, provide advice on guitar/amplifier maintenance and setups, as well as recording techniques, or any other practical matters related to playing music/guitar.

Lessons can be either at your residence or at my fully equipped home studio in the Hollywood Hills/Studio City area. In a beautiful and private environment, with plenty of (free/safe) street parking available.
Lessons via Skype are obviously available as well.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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Yaakov A. June 27, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher!
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Adam April 14, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Great lessons! Providing lots of avenues to take my playing to the next level. Nils gives very clear explanations and has a great understanding of music theory and how to apply it
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Jacques February 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Amazing teacher!
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Nils B.

Los Angeles, CA 90068
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About De'Anza P.

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Circle of fifths, scales, keys, reading, etc.

About De'Anza
As an active musician and graduate of LA College of Music, I believe that teaching is much more than a student learning to play their instrument. It's about creating a fun environment where students not only gets a solid musical foundation but are also encouraged to express themselves creatively. Lessons are personalized to meet student's goals.

Lessons include:

-Technique
-Reading Music
-Harmony & Theory
-Confidence
-Chord Structure
-Strumming Patterns
-Ear Training
-Songwriting (upon request)
-Performance (upon request)
-AND MORE!

I'm currently a private music teacher at the Hollywood Academy of Music school where my students range from as young as pre-school to adults.
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John L. July 26, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
The guitar is the instrument with which I have developed bad habits and posture over the years, but in addition to correcting these things, I really needed help with music theory. Also, as opposed to being a kid with all the time in the world to practice and study, I'm a 40-something with a busy, full-time job in the middle of my daily life. De'Anza was flexible enough to work with these issues of mine while still keeping me focused on a positive, effective lesson plan. That is the mark of a professional. Thank you De'Anza!
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Cynthia H. June 8, 2015
· Singing · In studio
De'anza is a fabulous music teacher for my 12 year old daughter. We came to her for vocal lessons and she has encouraged her to learn piano and has helped her with her ukelele. She Inspires my daughter to want to learn and to grow as a musician. In the last few months of studying with De'anza, my daughter has notably improved vocally as well as learned so much more. I appreciate all she does for my daughter. I highly recommend De'Anza!
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Albert G. April 30, 2014
· Singing ·
Talented Instructor

De'Anza is truly a gifted multi-instrumentalist and vocal coach. Her down to earth approach and general vibe is incomparable. I would highly recommend taking lessons with her, she's very flexible to work with and will work to build a curriculum according to your needs. It's hard to find people in LA who have a good ear and listen to your needs. She's a great fit for someone who's looking for proper instruction.
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De'Anza P.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Brianna S.

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Music Theory spans so many different sub categories, and I'm here to help you with all of them: Basic theory, Advanced,Chord Analysis, Notation, Chord Progression, Note Identification, etc.

About Brianna
Hi, I'm Bri! I'm a graduate of North Central College with a BA in Music (Emphasis in Composition and Percussion) and a minor in History. I absolutely love music, every single aspect of it. I love to make music a part of everybody's lives who want and need it. I want to help you with your musical needs. I have been playing percussion for 17 years, singing for 23, and playing piano for 19 years. I was a member of a recording and performing Chicago band, Oblio and Arrow, where I provided backing vocals and helped with the song arrangements. I also record vocals for different artists hooks, jingles, choruses, and entire songs (covers and originals).

History has always fascinated me. They way our world has developed and changed, and continues to evolve is amazing. Everything can be tied back to the past, and I feel it's important to take
a look back, put yourself in that time, and really study how things were to help understand why things are the way they are now.

Crocheting and knitting are a couple of good habits/hobbies I picked up about 8 years ago. I sell scarves online and I'm always working on some sort of project. I will have you knitting and pearling with the best of them!

Music, history, crochet, and knitting....I'm your girl!
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Megan September 22, 2017
· Knitting · Online
Super kind and patient while I stumbled my way thru the basics
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Glory June 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Brianna was a great teacher for my child.
She was encouraging and positive. She
tailored lessons to fit the range, talent and
interest of the student.
I would recommend her strongly.
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Jill April 26, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
Very patient with me... I am what you call a true beginner...
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Brianna S.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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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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Paula D. September 1, 2017
· Arrangement and Composition · Online
Excellent first session,Reviewed some information I already know and learned new information and skills for writing melodies, Athan was very patient and very professional. Definitely several points above average!
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Paula D. September 1, 2017
· Arrangement and Composition · Online
Excellent first lesson. Athan helped me review what I knew and helped ma gain some new composing skills. He was patient and professional. Definitely several points above average!
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Julie Price August 29, 2017
· Drum · Online
Great
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Athan G.

North Hills, CA 91343
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About Keith J.

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I have been professionally taught the structure of music. If you allow me to teach you, you will be able to understand any and all types of music. You will understand scales, chords, intervals, and most of all reach your goals. I will make sure you are confident in music. Let's start today!!

About Keith
Hi my name is Keith. I am a 3x Grammy nominated platinum selling music producer and professional touring musician. I have more than 20 years of experience playing the piano, synthesizers, and work stations under my belt. I am formally trained in Classical and Jazz piano techniques and application. I am fluent in music theory and can play by ear as well. I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Arts Management from Long Island University - CW Post Campus in New York. In addition to classical and Jazz I am able to teach Gospel music as well. I have had the pleasure of musically Directing bands and/or producing for many known artist including: John Legend, Miguel, and Neyo. Teaching music is my passion and I am offering piano lessons to kids and adults, all styles, all levels, in your home or online. My Lesson Schedule is Flexible. I am v
ery patient with students and want to see you reach your goals. Let's start today!!!
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Lisa G. September 2, 2017
· Piano · Online
My son just had his first lesson with Keith. Right away he help my son feel confident at beginning to learn piano. After the lesson I went through with my son what he learned, and he certainly learned a lot! We look forward to further lessons with Keith. He was amazed at Keith's knowledge of music and his actual ear reading ability!
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Eileen R. May 8, 2017
· Music Theory · Online
Keith is a an awesome teacher! I learned so much from him in the span of a few weeks. Every lesson is packed full of information and he makes sure you totally get and understand the lesson before moving onto the next chapter. I really appreciate that he corrects me whenever I make mistakes especially when it comes to staying on beat while playing the piano with the metronome. Lessons are also never boring with him. I feel that he truly cares for the musical growth of his students. Although, I'm taking a break from Take Lessons when I enroll again I will choose Keith for Piano/Music Theory.
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Cornelius R. B. January 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
This was my 1st lesson ever and my Instructor, Keith, was very patient and thorough. I need that. So far so good.
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Van Nuys, CA 91405
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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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I have studied music theory extensively in college and am capable of transferring that knowledge to all levels of education. I will shape my lessons to an individuals skill-level and the aspects of music theory they are interested in. All levels will receive worksheets with examples. Also, if a person is interested in a particular instrument the lessons will be tailored towards that instrument.

About Yesenia
Teaching has been a passion of mine since I was young. Seeing the progress others make while learning puts me in the greatest mood. I've been tutoring since high school and continued tutoring outside of earning two degrees in the span of four years. One thing I've heard back from every person I've tutored is that I am a patient, caring teacher who strives to shape my teaching to the needs of the student. If one method doesn't work, I will do my best to try others. The most important part of educating, other than learning, is enjoying it.
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Torrance, CA 90504
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