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Hawthorne, CA

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I have studied music theory with several and world class musicians including Mike Longo, Walter Bishop Jr. Warn Marsh.
We work on sight reading, ear training, and theory.
I have an easy style and like my students to enjoy their lessons.

About Cory
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.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
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About Jessie M.

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Pasadena, CA

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Music theory is extremely important for instrumentalists, composers, and singers. In our lessons you will be able to get help with papers, research, homework, test preparation, composition, or we can learn from scratch in my studio. I teach with patience and fun because I feel that this is the key to achieving goals and inspiring a good habit of practice. No experience is necessary, that is what I'm here for!

About Jessie
Thank you for your interest in lessons! I hope to help you achieve your goals and improve your skills, whether you're looking for music lessons, help in math, or need someone to proofread your essay before you turn it in. Every student is a unique person who deserves a lesson customized to their individual needs. Each of my students prospers in an atmosphere of patience and encouragement. While the lessons are fun and enjoyable, the serious student will be supported in the development of skills leading to a rewarding career, and the more casual students will grow in an appreciation of knowledge that will always enrich their lives.

I have been tutoring and teaching private lessons for over five years, and currently have over 40 active students. I received my bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on vocal performance at the Unive
rsity of Redlands in 2011, and my Associate of Arts degree in 2008 from College of the Desert. I teach online, locally, and at my studio, and cover a variety of subjects such as voice, music, theater, piano, math, english, music theory, just to name a few.

For academic tutoring (i.e. math, theory, vocabulary) I work on helping the student understand their homework and help prepare them for tests. I can also provide worksheets if necessary and am prepared to demonstrate problem areas in different ways if needed, because everyone learns differently. For voice, piano, music, and acting lessons I teach the student based on what their current level is. If you have no experience, that's okay! My lessons are uniquely designed to fit your needs no matter what level you may be.

As a music major I developed a deeper understanding of music theory, piano, voice, and theater. I received my A.A. in Music at College of the Desert and my Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Redlands- which I attended on a music scholarship. I have played leading roles in several operas and musicals in Southern California, including Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme (DTL nominee), The Impresario, The Grand Duke, Patience (DTL award), Cosi fan tutte, Little Women, Seussical, and many more. I have also appeared in several concerts, opera scenes, competitions (winning music scholarships and theater awards), and worked as a singer in churches, restaurants, and in pop bands. I continue to stay active in the performance industry, because performing is a part of who I am and I could never live without it!

With this experience under my belt, I feel a desire to pass on my knowledge to students. I carry a strong passion to help people develop their abilities and make them their own. I truly believe that if someone wants something out of life they will achieve it with dedication, perseverance, confidence, and by having fun doing it!

*Note: My home office has a lot of stairs and two cats. If you are disabled or have a feline allergy, please consider in-home lessons or lessons online.
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Holly P. September 30, 2017
· Musical Theater · Online
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Tricia September 23, 2017
· Algebra · Online
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Danny September 23, 2017
· Algebra · Online
Jessie helped me make sense of Algebra. She is friendly and patient.
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Jessie M.

Pasadena, CA 91103
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About Jihye L.

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Students who want to go next level of music. Will work on read notes and more.

About Jihye
Hello, future students!

My name is Jihye and I teach Piano and Korean language. I grew up in Seoul, Korea and currently living in Arcadia, California. I graduated Kyung Hee University and earned Master's degree at the California Institute of the Arts.

I have been teaching piano over 20 years and Korean at Korean language schools since 2000. In the past, I have met many K pop and K drama lovers so I decided to share my culture and language with them.

So far I have met many of passionate and enthusiastic students whom I feel very lucky to work with. I offer personalized curriculum's to each of my Korean and piano students.Also provide a variety of levels of exams for those who would like to take them. I sometimes use clips of songs and dramas to help students who learns Korean.

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Mariano October 10, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Jihye has helped me improve my piano playing skills and has been very encouraging to improve my piano technique. She has given me suggestions on how to overcome difficulties playing certain parts of a piano piece. Challenges me to excel. I highly recommend.
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Kendra H. October 6, 2017
· Korean · Online
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Chris September 28, 2017
· Korean · Online
My first lesson was stellar! I will keep going with JiHye.
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Jihye L.

San Gabriel, CA 91775
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About Ark S.

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South Pasadena, CA

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Basic Theory such as notation, note value, intervals and diatonic chodes, traditional harmony.
Intermediate Theory such as key signature, modal scales, etc.
Advanced Theory such as harmony with tentions, modal interchange, reharmonization including substitute cords, atonal harmonic concepts, etc.

About Ark
Over twenty years of experience in teaching classical and jazz piano technique and music theory to students of variety of levels.
I have taught vast variety of students from elementary school to adults, beginner to intermediate.
Offer tailored lessons according to the students’ level, progress and character.
Popular among students and parents for reliable, kind and pleasant character.
Summa Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music.
Internationally acclaimed Jazz/classical pianist, composer and music director.
Instructor of Composition and Preparation for Competition at Yamaha Music School JACCC and Torrance in 1991. Five students received awards including the Grand Prix.

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I offer instruction of classical/jazz piano skills and music theory.
I help student’s school performance and/or music analys
is project as well, and open to music which student brings. (theme song from TV program or movie, pops, etc.)
I only travel (means I visit student's home for lessons, don't offer lessons at my home) and I expect student to have a acoustic piano or better quality electric keyboard at home.

*** Specialties ***
Classical and Jazz piano, theory, arranging and composition
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Priscilla B. June 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ark is an awesome teacher for my 8 and 6 year olds. He is patient, thorough, consistent, and manages to keep their attention! I have noticed my kids are more interested in music, and have been progressive more quickly with Ark. Great teacher!
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lydiaz September 12, 2010
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Ark is very patient and encouraging. I really enjoyed the learning process so far.
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Ark S.

South Pasadena, CA 91030
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About Calvin A.

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Costa Mesa, CA

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Whether you need tutoring for music theory or want to understand it's value for performing, we will get you on the right track after the first lesson.

Music theory functions in way similar to the rules of grammar and punctuation in language. It can add all sorts of useful things to your skills, like memorize pieces quickly through understanding musical form.

About Calvin
As a teacher, I have worked with of many ages and backgrounds. One of my students, Skylar Stecker, has gone on to become a successful major label recording artist recently becoming the youngest artist to receive a number 1 on the dance billboard charts. I recently had the opportunity to tour with her as her guitarist and pianist.

I have studied, performed and taught music for over 10 years. I hold a B.A. in music from USC. My professional experience as a musician and teacher has led me to many areas of the music business. I've worked as an apprentice to several established film composers and arrangers and have had the opportunity work with Lionel Hampton New York Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Clayton Brothers, Rachelle Farrell, Michael Buble, and Charles Aznavour. I play guitar, piano, bass, ukulel
e, banjo as well as write music.

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I am extremely patient and firmly believe that anybody can learn to play music.

I try to keep my teaching philosophy simple. We figure out your musical goals and aspirations and carve out a path to achieving them. Along the way I will try to illuminate how the path to attaining your goals and aspirations is best taken at an enjoyable, relaxed pace and with a strong work ethic.

I always prepare for your lessons based on your interests, integrating relevant books and videos, creating handouts tailored to what we are studying in order to maintain clarity.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, Keyboards, Ukuleles, Microphones, Amplifiers, Recording Equipment

*** Specialties ***
Any style you prefer (Rock, Pop, Folk, Country, Jazz, Bluegrass, etc.)
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Camryn September 20, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Listened to my daughter's interests and musical style and then chose things to learn that really interested her.
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Jason F. September 16, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Great Instructor!
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Antawn B. September 13, 2017
· Songwriting · Online
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Calvin A.

Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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Using the MTAC Certificate of Merit as a measuring device, I can teach/tutor Preparatory level through level 8.

About My Linh
My Linh is a 22 year old Music Major at Cal State Fullerton. She is a full time student pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Pipe Organ Performance. She has been playing piano since she was nine, and has been teaching since 2013. She comes from a large family and loves working with children.

My Linh currently sings in the Women's Choir at Cal State Fullerton and plays organ for St. Patrick Catholic Church in Carlsbad.
Her long-term aspiration is to obtain a M.M. in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy.
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Avi October 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
My Linh is awesome! And very patient with my 6 year old.
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Charlotte September 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
Kind, knowledgeable and fun !
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Hannah T. September 21, 2017
· Piano · In home
She is wonderful and fun person. Just on the first day, I could tell she will be very good teacher for my daughter.
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My Linh D.

Fullerton, CA 92831
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About Mauricio O.

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Hawthorne, CA

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Contrary to what some people may say learning music theory does not reduce your ability to enjoy music. In fact you may enjoy music even more after you learn some theory because the more you know about how music works the more you will be able to do as a musician.

About Mauricio
Guitar instructor, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with more of 10 years of experience in variety of musical genres. Completed studies at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. With record of success in teaching private guitar lessons as well some group lessons, composition, performance and recording. Creative and artistic with excellent and friendly communication skills. Also knowledgeable in digital audio production. Instruments taught include acoustic & electric guitar, nylon spanish guitar as well bass guitar and piano. I have taught students from the age of five to over sixty. Styles taught include rock, blues, jazz, pop rock, latin, metal, funk, and classical. Effective and friendly communicator with well-developed instructional and presentation skills. Able to relate a student of all types with various goals and cre
ate long term constructive relationships. Worked as a Music coach with kids in the spectrum (Asperger Syndrome).
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Jack May 4, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Good.
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Maria May 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We purchased a 12-lesson package for my daughter as a Christmas Gift. My daughter is 14 years old, and after completing these lessons her love for music has grown. She had only taken a beginner's level course in piano and guitar prior to working with Mauricio. My daughter looked forward to every lesson, and would come home to keep practicing and improving her skills. We plan to work with Mauricio again in the near future and would highly recommend him!
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Maria February 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
3rd lesson so far, and my daughter has learned so much!! She enjoys her classes with Mauricio and looks forward to each class. Mauricio has a small home studio with various musical instruments. His experience and skill in teaching music is quite apparent and much appreciated!
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Mauricio O.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
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About Kristin R.

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Pico Rivera, CA

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Whether it's help with intervals, building major/minor scales, harmonic analysis, rhythm, etc., I can help. Sharing and teaching music theory is one of my favorite things about music Understanding theory makes you understand music as a whole.

About Kristin
My name is Kristin R. and I am a music major with an emphasis in education at Cal Poly Pomona University (Senior standing). I play a variety of instruments from piano, violin, ukulele, drums and percussion to gigging around Los Angeles and being apart of various musical projects and fronting my own band where I play synth and sing lead vocals. My music project is Todavia. I am incredibly passionate about music and love to share the idea and love for it with others. I have tutored peers with theory at my university, have tutored college students with disabilities such as Autism, taught drums to middle schoolers at my former middle school, and have taught beginning and intermediate piano to kids through takelessons and Musicland in Fontana, CA. I have a strong emphasis in theory and fundamentals and will go the extra mile in teaching so
that the student is not only well rounded in their desired instrument but in the general ideas in the art of music. I will design a lesson plan based on your goals as a student or parent of a student. Please feel free to message me with your questions and I will be happy to answer any and all of them.
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Jason C. March 29, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I was expecting a Christian teacher but even she is
Not she was so nice with my son and she is going to to be able to learn Christian songs for my son.
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Nia D. March 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Our first experience was great. Nia really took to Kristin. We look forward to continuing her lessons and hope she becomes a great piano player.
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Alex W. May 1, 2016
· Piano · In home
We have really liked our experience so far. Kristin is very patient with our 4 year old and he really enjoys his lessons.
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Kristin R.

Pico Rivera, CA 90660
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About Marcel M.

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Reading scores. You can have the feeling and you are able to play music without scores and or you are able to read them. Trust me, there is a beauty in reading scores.

About Marcel
I work as a tutor and mentor in many of those fields for years. It was and is a side business, but I always enjoyed teaching.
I am looking forward to move on with you and / or your kids.
Have a great day,
Marcel

Update 02/10/15: Takelessons is a great way to teach and a fantastic and easy way to learn for students. I currently have 3 students per week, with several hours. I really enjoy it, either online via Skype or Facetime or Live at the students place. Hit me up and let's move something together.
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Ems July 2, 2017
· Mixed Martial Arts · In home
I did not actually take any lessons with him, but his schedule did not reflect what showed as available in Takelessons. He had a very bad attitude and would not actually schedule the lesson after several exchanges.
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Andy June 2, 2017
· German · Online
I need to improve my spoken German for business and Marcel has been invaluable in helping me improve at a good pace while being incredibly flexible on lesson planning.

I've been working with him for about a month now and I've grown to feel more comfortable speaking with my colleagues who are native German speakers.

If you want a native, professional teacher who can be fun...Marcel is your guy.
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Thia S. January 22, 2017
· Microsoft Word · In home
Marcel is a great teacher, solved all my complicated issues and answered every question with advanced knowledge. He's patient and has a light humorous way of making you feel smart when you need it most!
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Altadena, CA 91001
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About Adam T.

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My goal in music theory lessons is to help make Music Theory practical and palatable. I always will try to relate what we are covering to real-life musical examples, and I hope to instill a passion for musical discovery and analysis in all of my students. Whether you're wanting to get an edge-up for your AP Music Theory or college course, or if you finally wanted to understand how chords work together to create beautiful music, I'm the instructor for you!

About Adam
Adam T. has been teaching and tutoring in various subjects since 2011, and is currently available to teach lessons at home or at your location of choice. Adam has helped students overcome common bad habits among guitarists, comprehend complicated music theory concepts, master Logic Pro X, and even hone their writing and mathematics skills.

Adam is currently a Commercial Music – Composing/Arranging major at Azusa Pacific University in his senior year, where he works as a Music Theory Tutor, TA, and MIDI Lab technician. Proficient in all aspects of the study of music, Adam looks forward to help students develop solid fundamental techniques and understanding. Adam's teaching style encourages students to ask important questions, understand ideas at a conceptual level, and never to settle for "good enough" in place of "best."
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Mary Mercurio Santos August 4, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
My name is Mary Mercurio Santos, and I am the Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction Coordinator for Azusa Pacific University. Adam worked under my direct supervision as a Tutor and Supplemental Instruction Leader for approximately three years while he was an undergrad at APU.
Adam's knowledge of music, and Music Theory is extensive and comprehensive, and yet he has the ability to break down these complicated theoretical concepts and make them easy to understand for even the most basic learner. I have seen him successfully tutor students at all levels of musical knowledge and experience. If you need to know ANYTHING about music, I strongly recommend you reach out to Adam for services.
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Brianna R. July 24, 2017
· Logic Pro Software · In studio
Adam is a passionate and knowledgeable teacher. He has tutored me on logic pro software and helped me understand concepts using my own exploring. He is very good at explaining things in a way that is appropriate for every skill level. He also has a great sense of humor and makes learning fun. Excellent at helping with setting goals and accountability with practice. Definitely take lessons with Adam if you want to become a better musician or student!!
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Gilbert July 24, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
I was a music student at Azusa Pacific University and Adam Tune helped me with Music Theory for two semesters. He is very knowledgeable of the subject, and has a clear, friendly, and logical teaching approach that makes the experience fun. He can explain topics and concepts in a way that is easy to understand.
He is also very knowledgeable in music composition, arranging, and in the use of Logic Pro software that he could use while teaching theory.
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Adam T.

Sylmar, CA 91342
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