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About Christoffer S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Piano lessons range to fit the style of music you want to learn! We can look at classical music, rock music, folk music, or whatever else you'd like. I will teach you about music theory and proper piano technique to make sure you turn out to be a great performer.

About Christoffer
Perform - Create - Build a solid foundation in music while gaining confidence, leadership, and flexibility.

*** NEW POLICIES ***
I'm currently only taking students that can commit to weekly lessons. I no longer allow 24-hr cancellations, which is a policy Takelessons promotes, but I don't find it useful for the teacher or the student. If you'll be out of town, I allow 4 cancellations per year. I also take off these dates: July 4, Thanksgiving/Black Friday, and December 24 - January 1. If you need to reschedule for another reason, I will try to find another time during that week for your lesson, but if it's an exceptionally busy week I may not be able to find a time-slot. You will still be obligated to pay for the lesson.

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I have an MFA in Music Composition and Piano Performance from California Institute of the Arts and
a BA in Music Composition from UC Santa Barbara. I began piano at the age of 7 and composition at age 15. Teaching has always been important to me. I started providing lessons in high school and learned that giving musical knowledge is just as important as acquiring the skills it takes to be a musician. Studying with me will help you become a well-rounded musician with the ability to play the type of music you want to play.

Constantly composing, film scoring, and performing, I'm a very active musician that works with classical musicians, rock musicians, and everything in between. I teach a variety of instruments and will cater lessons to your styles and interests. I'm also a recording artist and work with music software such as Ableton Live, Native Instruments, and Sibelius. I would love to teach you how to compose and record your own music in whichever genre you prefer.

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Many of my students have studied music in the past, but weren't able to keep the passion. I pride myself as a very enthusiastic teacher that works hard at making lessons fun and interesting for any age and background. All of my students (from 3 years old to 60 years old) enjoy music and practice very hard. You will be provided with a solid foundation in theory, aural skills, technique, and creativity, giving you the ability to carve your own path in music. You will learn the correct way to play your instrument and develop the intuition to command it expressively.
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Dea Vise December 10, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
I've been studying ukulele with Chris for a year and a half now. I went from absolutely no background in music to really being able to play the instrument pretty quickly. Chris has the patience of Job and a real ability to explain music and playing technique in a way that is incredibly easy to understand. I learn something new every week and he can teach as quickly or as slowly as I want to learn that week. If he can teach me to play, he can teach you to play!
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Nicholas N. December 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson. Looking forward to the next.
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Miranda S. July 27, 2016
· Accordion · In studio
I've learned SO much, even after my first lesson with Christoffer. He's exceedingly patient and encouraging and always finds a way to explain things in a way that make sense. Can't recommend more highly.
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Christoffer S.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Edwin I.

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El Segundo, CA

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All genres - pop, folk, blues, rock, R&B, singer/songwriter, classical, world, etc.
Improvisation soloing
Proper technique
Repertoire
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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.

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

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All styles - pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, ethnic, latin, soul
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Aimee B. August 2, 2018
· Logic Pro Software · In home
Edwin is a pro and very good at explaining things in a simple way. He has has a calm demeanor which helps with the learning process. He awesome!
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Leslie July 31, 2018
· Mandolin · Online
Edwin is calm, patient, and insightful. I have found his tips and instruction to be very valuable!
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Kyrie July 27, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Edwin helped me meet my goals and more in the first session. He provided just the right amount of challenge and encouragement that I needed in my learning to play the ukulele. He also provided information on apps that support my independent learning. Edwin is absolutely the best! I am very grateful to have Edwin as my teacher!
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Edwin I.

El Segundo, CA 90245
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About John C.

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Training ranging from traditional classical technique (like Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart) to modern improvisation (like hymn-playing and reading lead sheets).

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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Jonathan K. September 25, 2018
· Piano · In home
He has a lot of patience !!! Great instructor
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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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John C.

Santa Clarita, CA 91350
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About Matthew S.

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Canyon Country, CA
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Piano needs to be fun especially for beginners. Matthew teaches with the "Piano Adventures" series. These books (available on amazon) give the student a comprehensive look at learning piano. In these books you learn how to read music, and you will be playing songs on your first lesson! As for older students I offer a review of music theory that can help you play/hear some of your favorite songs and most of all have fun! Matthew's method is based on each students individual goals and their level of proficiency on the instrument.

About Matthew
HELLO!

My name is Matthew Smith and I love music and I love to teach it even more. Although my upbringing is in jazz and classical music, I am very fluent in latin, hiphop, rock, pop and more world music as well.
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Matthew S.

Matthew S.

Canyon Country, CA 91387
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About Laura Leighe S.

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Santa Monica, CA
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Whether you desire traditional piano lessons, or a more simplified, progressive method tailored just for your specific needs, we can get you to the place you want to be!

I teach a simple, and broken down system of music theory and piano that is ideal for the vocalist, songwriter, and beginner or intermediate pianist to quickly grasp and apply to their practice! It is the perfect method for the vocalists/ songwriters to be able to accompany themselves using basic piano chords within the first few lessons!

If desired, I teach traditional piano lessons out of the Alfred's books for children and adults, which are wonderful tools to help cover all grounds of sight-reading, technique, scales, repertoire, and music theory. Incorporating tried and true tools like flash cards are also essential in helping students quickly and wholly memorize notes of piano along with correlating position on staff (sheet music.)

Note: Most often, I teach a combination of the two methods, and ...

About Laura Leighe
International Billboard hit singer/ songwriter - Laura L.'s hit single "Boys Just Wanna Have Fun" hit #5 on the UK Music Week Pop/ Dance Charts, and #27 on the US Billboard Dance charts in the same week!

Laura Leighe is also a finalist in the 2017 Unsigned Only International Music & Songwriting Competition, with 2 of her songs making the top 12 of their genres out of 6,000 submitted.

For 11 years, Laura has been a private vocal instructor in Los Angeles, OKC, and Skype. Certified in the "Singing with Ease" (Seth Riggs S.L.S) method and teaches from the perspective of someone who's voice and life has been changed, strengthened, and brought to it’s full healthiness, range, and ability through the holy grail of techniques. Degree in Vocal Music Edu. from Oklahoma University.

As a piano instructor and songwriter, she has devel
oped a simple system of teaching music theory and chording to her clients, which is ideal for vocalists and songwriters to learn to accompany themselves, as well as for the beginner or intermediate pianist to learn a combination of traditional sight-reading and reading / composing chords on their own. Laura and her husband, Trent own and operate a Recording Studio & Writing Room in Santa Monica, CA.
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Keegan C. December 28, 2017
· Singing · Online
Laura is amazing. We're so fortunate to have come across her here. She's talented, patient, and encouraging of my daughter's singing. She has a gift for bringing out the best in her and challenging her to sing beyond what she knew she was capable of.
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Sheryl December 11, 2017
· Singing · Online
The most amazing vocal teacher I've ever had and she gives you great tips and she encourages to be the best you!!!!!! I am so lucky to have found Laura as a teacher
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Lee Roy K. August 30, 2017
· Singing · In home
She's great
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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About John B.

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Oxnard, CA
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30 years experience teaching at all levels
Classical Training with a BM, MM and DMA degree
Continuing Lecturer in Collaborative Arts
University of California Santa Barabara since 2005

About John
I have been a piano teacher and vocal coach since 1985.

I have a Doctorate in Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California (1992)

I teach Collaborative Arts at the University of California Santa Barbara (since 2005)

I have been on the musical staffs of Opera Santa Barbara, Utah Festival Opera, Sarasota Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Fresno Opera, Opera Academy of California and Opera NEO as a pianist, coach and chorus master.
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Lawrence June 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
John is a fantastic instructor. He has a love for educating others on musical expression and he is a wellspring of musical knowledge. He provides a depth to the piano that I wouldn't have noticed if I taught myself how to play.

John emphasized how to shape musical phrases to make music as opposed to a collection of notes. He had a good ear for honing in on my weaknesses such as how some notes that I played stuck out or the movement of my arms. Most importantly, he taught me how to approach practicing the piano in an effective way. I learned how to listen to myself and how give each note, phrase, and piece the attention and musicality it needed to sound beautifully.

For an adult learner as myself, he was accommodating with how busy I was. He adjusted to my needs and work schedule and taught at a reasonable pace. However, he also never veered from his expectations and praised what I was doing right and provided methods to fix what I was doing wrong.

Although there were times when John expressed his passion for music by delving into tangents on the broader historical significance of pieces, his mini-lectures were never irrelevant nor inappropriate. For example, he commented on how in waltzes, the rhythm on the left hand would need to emulate how a Romantic era string section would play it. For anyone who is serious about how or why pieces of music are meant to be played in a certain way, John is great about contextualizing pieces to make them sound great.

Most importantly, he made practicing piano something that was both enjoyable and challenging, which is difficult to find in a teacher. I owe a great deal of my musicianship to John and he met my expectations of learning the piano. Thank you!
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Kenny January 21, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
John is really great. He takes the time to understand what your goals are and teaches according to your needs. He is patient and provides constructive comments.
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Burt S. January 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
It's hard to say enough about how happy we are to have found John. My 2 boys love taking lessons with him, but yet still he challenges them and holds them to a high standard. John is a talented and knowledgeable pianist, and a very friendly and approachable person. A top notch instructor.
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John B.

Oxnard, CA 93035
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Studio City, CA

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Great piano lessons by experienced, educated, and internationally acclaimed pianist and composer! I hold degrees from the Berklee College of Music(double major) and Manhattan School of Music (Jazz performance and composition) I am a caring teacher devoted to developing a unique curriculum for each of my students. All are welcome, from beginner to advanced students. I have availability during the earlier part of week-days, and also on week-ends. Beginners will develop: - Basic pianistic and musical skills - Sense of discipline - Imagination - Sight reading Intermediate and advanced level students will work in addition on: - Participation in recitals, workshops and competitions - Preparation of ensemble skills Parents and adult students are welcome whether to develop existing skills, or to learn new!

About Giorgi
My name is Giorgi Mikadze. I am a professional pianist, composer, arranger and educator. Last year, I completed graduate degree in Jazz Performance (Pianist) from Manhattan School of Music, with focus in composition. Before that, I studied at Berklee College of music, with double major in performance and composition. I received full scholarship throughout my study in both schools.

I have toured and performed with many Grammy winners, and Sympohny orchestras including Jack  Dejohnette, Lee Retenour, Roy Hargrove, and others. In addition, I have developed interest in teaching, having given masterclasses at universities such as Berklee, USC, UCLA, Beijing Conservatory, Ilia state university, Tbilisi State Conservatoire.

This summer, I was invited at Berklee College of Music as a visiting professor, where I taught theory, ear training, Jaz
z Ensembles, and private piano lessons.

in search for performance opportunities, . I am also interested to share my experience with musicians who want to develop their skills as performers and composers.
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Saba November 2, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Took Piano lessons with Giorgi. I can't believe how good of an instructor he is. His grasp of music is so astonishing and he makes it so easy to understand. He's so patient and knowledgable. The lessons are so fun with him and he makes you feel so comfortable. I had no idea what I was doing and after lessons with him it started to really click. I've really developed a passion for music. Thank you so much Giorgi! Definitely recommend to all.
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Giorgi M.

Studio City, CA 91604
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About Chuks O.

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Want to play like a pro and write your own music? you definitely at the right place. I have been teaching private piano, Bass guitar, drum and composition lessons for more than a decade. i graduated from Berklee College of music where i majored in performance/ professional music with a full scholarship. i make my lessons fun and prepare students for auditions and live performance situations. Let's get started!

About Chuks
I am a professional bass player, pianist and record producer. I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors degree on a full ride.

During my time at Berklee, world-renowned bassists such as Steve Bailey and John Patitucci have mentored me. My first original
composition “Chuk for Chic” that was premiered on Berklee’s YT channel , has garnered the attention of Jazz legends such as
Rufus Reid, Ron Carter and Chick Corea and has been featured on online bass magazines such as ‘NoTreble.’ A write-up for my
show at Salem Jazz festival was featured in the Boston Globe.

Bass students can expect to improve week to week in their technique. Every bass player has a unique approach; I teach my students to open up themselves in order to unlock their own individual sound.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience leve
ls. i'm self taught and later went to college, so i'm bringing two worlds together.you don't have to go to a music college to be a fantastic musician.

As a professional record producer I travel to record/ produce different artist. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Chuks O.

Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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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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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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Cassandra August 21, 2018
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Troy is a fantastic teacher. Trying to learn piano at 25 is no easy feat and he was so patient and really tried to understand how I learn best. He made it fun by picking music he knew I would like but also introducing me to new genres! Highly recommend him!
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Troy P.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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Teacher for two years experienced in beginner to intermediate students. I generally start my classes by seeing what the students will benefit the most and start helping the student increase their ability to play the piano using a variety of exercises and having them choose a piece of their choice to work on. If the student wants to learn more than just piano, I'm also a composer that can help them understand more about music and beyond the instrument itself.

About Juan
I am a film composer currently studying in CalArts, California institute of the arts. I have been playing piano since I was 9, and have grown to enjoy teaching it as much as playing. Piano is a fun instrument, with which one can grow to understand music in an amazing way and I am more than happy to share my love of music to other people. Although I usually teach younger students, I can teach people from all ages that are, beginner or intermediate.

I have been involved in various film projects as a composer, and if the student wants to learn further into music I would also gladly help with any and all music related questions or advice that the student may need.

I compose, orchestrate, record and mix all my tracks, so if the student wants more information on that as well don't hesitate to ask!

I personally play classical music as a pian
ist. However, I believe that all styles have their own beauty and fun to them so the student can choose which style they want to focus (or if they want music from all over the place that as well).

Looking forward to teaching piano to you!
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Juan M.

Valencia, CA 91355
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Is your once-enthused child suddenly losing interest in the piano? Read on as Oakland Gardens, NY teacher Ophelia T. shares three steps to take before it's too late...    “I don’t want to learn piano anymore! It’s boring! I always have to practice the same thing over and over again! I’m sick and tired of it!” an 11-year-old boy shouts to his parents. This is a common case scenario for many parents and children who have taken piano lessons, and it can be due to several reasons.
10 Wedding Processionals You Can Play on Piano
There are so many beautiful piano pieces that make the perfect choice for wedding processionals. Here, Saint Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. shares a few to consider...    Weddings are beautiful celebrations of a couple's lifelong commitment to one another. They're also a great performance opportunity for pianists out there. Though the organ, string quartets, and choirs are still used, piano is commonly the main instrument at a wedding ceremony for those who choose live music.

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