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About Erasmo R.

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Murrieta, CA
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Students can expect a relaxed atmosphere, but also making sure that there is a high level of professionalism and expectation of attentiveness from the student.

Of course, I also understand that this all depends on the age of the student, and as we meet and get to see what it is that you want to focus on and I will make sure to concentrate on that and help you reach your goals!

About Erasmo
Hello Parents and Students,

I have been teaching and writing music professionally for ten years. My first introduction to music was just like some of you, starting in high school where I had a great teacher that encouraged me to play. This helped me so much, and I wouldn't be where I am at if it weren't for his help and positive encouragement. Now I try to encourage all of my students the same way.

After high school I went on and played percussion with various Orchestras such as the "œInland Valley Symphony Orchestra" and "Mt. San Jacinto Symphony Orchestra."

I have also been involved in the DCI (Drum Corps International) and Drumline community. I toured for four years and experienced performing with groups such as Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps 2002-2005, Black Knights 2006, and RCC marching and winter percussion under the direct
ion of Scott Johnson & Jeff Lee in 2002, and Sean Vega & Jim Wunderlich in 2003.

During my college years I started playing Jazz Vibraphone in my school'™s top big-band. This allowed me the opportunity to play Jazz Piano which I have performed and still study until this day. As a result, Jazz has now become one of my biggest passions.

As a Professional International Composer, I have had the privilege of writing and arranging for many marching bands, wind ensembles, and indoor percussion ensembles, including orchestrations, recordings and sequencing projects for media, and musical theatre in the United States and Japan.

I am also currently an adjudicator for the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) and a member of the Vic-Firth Education Team.

I hope that this gives you a close and personal Idea of where I come from and hope that I can help you get the most out of your experience with music.

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I believe that in order for you to get the most out of our lessons it takes both, the Teacher'™s and Student'™s understanding and attention from both ends. sometimes giving all of the information in the world won't help if one there is no engagement and two if me as a teacher don't make sure that you understand. So I like to make sure to explain things in more than one way to make sure the student understands the concepts and what to practice.

I like to keep a relaxed atmosphere, but also making sure that there is a high level of professionalism and expectation of attentiveness from the student.

Of course, I also understand that this all depends on the age of the student, and as we meet and get to see what it is that you want to focus on and I will make sure to concentrate on that and help you reach your goals!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Mallets, Concert and Marching Sticks, Metronome, Practice pad, and Literature.
(Acoustic and Electric Piano are available depending on the time we arrange our lessons at the studio)
(Electric Drumset Available soon)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Mallets, Concert and Marching Sticks, Metronome, Practice pad, and Literature.
(I sometimes bring additional implements, such as hand drums, like a djembe and other accessories, depending on the focus of our lessons.)
I may be able to bring a Keyboard upon request

*** Specialties ***
I have been performing with Drum and bugle corps since 2002, (DCI)

Marching Rudimental, and Concert Percussion styles. All Percussion.
Orchestral, Marimba, Vibraphone, and Marching Percussion.

I specialize in the Jazz genre, and have performed Jazz piano.. which includes sight-reading and chord recognition in the Jazz idiom.
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Ashton G. June 21, 2018
· Percussion · In studio
My son Enjoyed very much
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Mari Larios September 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Hes such a great tracher. Julia is five years old and enjoyed learning with him. Hes flexible and patient. Thank u Erasmo.
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Nancy B. January 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Erasmo is amazing!!! He is so good with my Mom and so passionate about her leaning. He's wonderful!
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Erasmo R.

Erasmo R.

Fullerton, CA 92831
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About Rob M.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Since age 10, I've passionately followed the journey of playing the drums. With a degree from SFSU, 8 years of intense mentorship, 1000+ gigs, 3 national tours and over 20 records under my belt, I feel an obligation to pass on my knowledge and experience to those who are also excited about learning music.

I tailor my teaching to each students' individual needs by balancing goal oriented musical growth with a fun and encouraging learning environment. I've taught all skills and ages for over a decade, fostering rapid musical progress and building lasting healthy relationships between the student and the drums!

About Rob
Since age 10, I've passionately followed the journey of playing the drums. With a degree from SFSU, 8 years of intense mentorship, 1000+ gigs, 3 national tours and over 20 records under my belt, I feel an obligation to pass on my knowledge and experience to those who are also excited about learning music.

I tailor my teaching to each students' individual needs by balancing goal oriented musical growth with a fun and encouraging learning environment. I've taught all skills and ages for over a decade, fostering rapid musical progress and building lasting healthy relationships between the student and the drums!
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Rob M.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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$70 / 30-min

About Joan Q.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Whether you're just starting out, wanting to learn Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, or even Taylor Swift repertoire, maybe you're preparing for band or college auditions, or just simply looking to broaden your playing with different styles like jazz, latin, etc., I am here to guide you and help you develop the necessary skills!

I have been teaching drumset for over 15 years. My lessons focus on applying technique and reading, with snare reading exercises and learning popular songs. Lessons will adjust according to the student's level, pace, and goals.

My goal for my students is to have an understanding on how to use their instrument, develop versatility, discover who they are as a musician, become independent learners, while having fun along the way!

About Joan
Joan is a passionate drummer, percussionist, and teacher. She plays any genre and performs regularly all over Southern California. She has also performed on television shows including Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, David Letterman, MTV TRL, and the Ellen Show.

Joan earned her Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach.

Studio Equipment:
Drumset, congas, bongos, cajon, vibraphone, auxiliary percussion.

Specialties:
All styles of drumset, hand percussion.
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Cora R. October 7, 2018
· Drum · In home
My son really enjoys his lessons and likes how Joan helps him focus on technique.
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John M. August 28, 2017
· Drum · In home
Joan taught my son from first time to an advanced beginner. She was very patient and extremely helpful. My son was fully engaged in his lessons and always enjoyed his time with Joan. Joan was very dependable, always on time for lessons and always flexible with her scheduling. She also assisted in purchasing a drumset for my son. I would recommend Joan to anyone looking to learn the drums.
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Hartley August 18, 2017
· Drum · In home
First lesson was great! We are looking forward to our future lessons with Joan.
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Joan Q.

Joan Q.

Los Angeles, CA 90064
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$40 / 30-min

About Olises N.

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About Olises
Olises N. began formally learning drums at age 12 when he attended Washington Irving Junior High School.
Having received a strong musical foundation under the direction of Ms. Lynn Johnson-Lang, he went on to being accepted into the Hamilton Music Academy/Humanities Magnet school in Culver City. Under the direction of David Sears (Senior Director at The Grammy Foundation) and a "whose who" of visiting artists, Olises' basics were sharpened, his musical horizons expanded and his passion and admiration for teaching were fueled.
Olises' first teaching experience was at a local high school where he was asked by the music director to teach a summer drums/percussion course.
He continued to perform, travel, and record with many groups while attending Pasadena City College where he studied music theory, piano, classical percussio
n with Ken McGrath and further Jazz performance with the legendary Bobby Bradford.
Today, Olises continues to enrich his students by bringing over 20 years of successful music instruction to every teaching session. His lessons are informed by his 25 plus years of professional performing and recording experience. Olises is not only an experienced drummer, but also a gifted, caring teacher with a passion and insight that has tangibly improved the playing of many aspiring and working drummers.

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Olises customizes a curriculum for every student depending upon each student's individual goals. Whether it be reading, independence, or technique he will offer you insights that will help improve those areas. He chooses from a variety of techniques, exercises, and materials that he uses to build his curriculum for you. Many of his students have enjoyed marked improvements in their playing just after their first session! His style is as a matter of factual, positive and makes you feel like there's nothing you can't do!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music/recording studio w/ piano and drum kits and mics w/ seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz, Afro-Latin, Brazilian and Funk styles though I am familiar with many other styles. Aside from my own personalized methods I use and teach the Sanford Moeller and Billy Gladstone methods for technique and have learned to apply the Gary Chester method to my drumset playing.
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Jason R. November 30, 2015
· Percussion · In studio
Fantastic lesson!! Olises really broke down the strokes and took the time to make sure I understood the lesson's objectives. The lesson was at the perfect speed. Looking forward to next week's lesson.
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Joshua G. May 25, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Has a great deal of knowledge on overall music history and how percussion has developed through each of its stages. Appropriates style according to the interest of desired drummer and can demonstrate the relationships between student's preferred styles and how they relate to others. As a student this is very important because of its role in the development of ones own technique and style and how one can build on whats been done before.
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my son is very happy and comfortable with his teacher and i am very pleased since this is his first time taking lessons.
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Olises N.

Olises N.

Los Angeles, CA 90042
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About Ray R.

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About Ray
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My name is Ray, I'm 30 years old, and was born in Queens, NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at the Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. During this program I was introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.

I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for 16+ years now, and can say with pride that teaching is my passion, and I anticipate it being a very important part of the rest of my life.

I enjoy reading nonfiction books on science, math, and philosophy, and am building a career as a pop music producer.

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My music lessons
are unique for three main reasons:

1. I have a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, and feel music to be one of my native languages.

2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.

3. I have been blessed with the tremendous amount of patience necessary to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for each individual.

*** Equipment ***
Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials (books, etc). From time to time I make my way to a local music shop, and am happy to purchase materials for reimbursement.

*** Specialties ***
Classical music is my background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively and emotionally fulfilling style of music to study and play. That said, I'm also a big fan of pop music (as well as other genres), and encourage students to enjoy learning their favorite songs from the radio.

My understanding of music theory is extremely thorough, and I'm happy to incorporate as much or as little of it as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to get the most out of learning music and the instrument.

Thanks for checking out my profile! Please contact me with any additional questions you may have, as well as to inquire about day/time availability. I'll do my best to get back to you right away (usually within a few hours).
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Maximus May 31, 2016
· Violin · In home
Awesome!!!!!!!! So sweet! Cool hair : ))
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Eden H. December 21, 2015
· Piano · In home
My daughter is loving her cello lessons with Ray even more than she expected. She feels she is really improving.
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Kelly B. March 28, 2014
· Piano ·
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My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.
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Ray R.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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About Theo L.

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Experienced teacher of 10+ years, all ages, skill levels, and styles welcome! Lessons customized for the needs/goals of the student. Have a favorite song you want to learn the beat to? My lesson plans often involve playing along with your favorite music. Also emphasizing technique, musical understanding and theory, rhythm and syncopation exercises. Shoot me a message to see if we're a good match!

About Theo
I'm a professional composer, pianist and drummer with a Bachelor of Music from William Paterson University. I've been teaching for 10+ years to a wide-ranging group of students.

My aims as a teacher are similar to my aims as a musician--to foster creativity, lay down a strong foundation, and build a framework for listening. That's accomplished in different ways for different instruments, but the fundamentals remain the same and are a major part of my, and any, teaching curriculum. Core subjects include technique, music theory, sight-reading, melody, harmony, rhythm, and syncopation. Lessons are catered to the student's needs/goals, beginner to advanced, all ages welcome!
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Chris January 10, 2019
· Piano · Online
Theo was a blast to learn from. The guy has amazing abilities and patience. His lessons were always fun and engaging and I never felt like he was going from a script. Everything was tailor made to my needs. Great teacher!
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Aj January 9, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Theo was great! He was very patient with me as I am a beginner and never made me feel inadequate. The tips he gave me were extremely valuable and he left me with tons of things to practice. My go-to teacher. 5 stars!
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Theo L.

Theo L.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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$52 / 30-min

About Nathan L.

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Beginner, advanced or anywhere in between, I will create a lesson based on your musical interests and goals.
I have 30 years drumming experience and most recently co-starred in the Oscar nominated film WHIPLASH. I served as the drum instructor for all actors on that film.
I love playing the drums and I love teaching others what I've picked up over the years. The most important thing is having fun, building confidence and achieving your goals! Thanks for the interest!

About Nathan
My name is Nate. I've been playing the drums for thirty years. I'm trained in marching band, rudiments and classic drum set. I have a BA from Fordham University in NYC.
I work as an actor and a drummer in both LA and NYC.
Most recently, I co-started in the Oscar nominated film Whiplash and was also the drum instructor for the actors on that film.

I'm confident I can create a fun and effective lesson plan for adults and children of all abilities. If you're new to the drums I'll create a curriculum that fits you and your interests while providing you with a solid foundation to build on.
If you're a drumming veteran looking for a tune up, some coaching or just hearing another player's approach , I'll form a lesson just for you.
Thanks for your time!
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Nathan L.

Nathan L.

Studio City, CA 91604
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$30 / 30-min

About Khalil H.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I am a professional drummer, music educator, producer & audio engineer. Who has been playing & teaching drums professionally for over 20 years, and currently offering lessons to beginning, intermediate & advanced students.

The beginner will learn to read drum modern notation / the four basic drum strokes (natural, down, tap & up) / proper sticking techniques for various applications / all standard rudiments, as recognized by the Percussive Society of America / playing to a click track / creative drum fills / odd meter patterns and many styles including; jazz, funk, fusion, blues, rock, R&B, hip hop, drum n bass, world music and orchestral.

The intermediate to advanced student will learn better control & execution of rudiments & grooves he or she may already be familiar with. Introduction to playing patterns in odd time signatures such as 5/4, 7/8 and 9/16. Visual concepts applied to various genres of music. To be used in an effort to capture a particular mood, as it relates ...

About Khalil
I am a professional drummer, music educator, producer & audio engineer. Who has been playing and teaching drum set professionally for over 20 years. I've studied privately under Joseph D. Mitchell (percussionist for the LA Phil Harmonic and professor at Los Angeles City College).

I also hold a Music Business degree, issued from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Curriculum: The beginning student will learn the four basic drum strokes (natural, down, tap & up) / to read modern drum notation / proper sticking techniques for various applications / all standard rudiments, as recognized by the Percussive Society of America / playing to a click track / creative drum fills / odd meter patterns, and many styles including; jazz, funk, fusion, blues, rock, R&B, hip hop, reggae, world music and orchestral.

The intermediate to
advanced student will learn better control & execution of rudiments & grooves he or she may already be familiar with. Introduction to playing patterns in odd time signatures such as 5/4, 7/8 and 9/16. Visual concepts applied to various genres of music. To be used in an effort to capture a particular mood, as it relates directly to the feeling of a song. Similar to the practice of method acting.

Lessons are held at my project recording studio near downtown Los Angeles. On two sets: An acoustic muffled practice kit, used during the Rudiment & Sight Reading portions of the lesson. As well as an 8 piece Roland Electronic virtual drum set, used during the Drum Set Application portion of the session. Which allows for real time play along with lesson material or any of your favorite songs.
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Dane January 16, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Khalil is an incredible teacher. He’s always very accommodating to anything I ask of him, and he’s great at identifying points where I could improve and explaining them in a clear way. I would highly recommend him if you’re looking for a drum teacher in the LA area.
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Reyna January 3, 2019
· Drum · In studio
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Venus October 4, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Khalil is a wonderful drum instructor. He is very thorough and encouraging and patient. I have tried a few other music/instrument teachers, and have not met more talented instructor than Khalil. Khalil makes me feel confident that I can learn quick and thoroughly and play the drum like I would like to in the near future. Highly recommended to any levels!
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Khalil H.

Los Angeles, CA 90006
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About Chris T.

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Long Beach, CA

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Drum instructor with 20+ years experience playing live and in studio. Whether you're a beginner wanting to learn the basics, or an active drummer looking to expand your skills, message me about what you would like to work on. I can help with strength training and time keeping skills, as well as teach new and fun techniques to help you become a more solid, and more creative drummer. Stand out in the crowd, expand your view of the world of percussion, and become a drummer everyone wants in their band and studio.

About Chris
I have been playing drums professionally for over 20 years. Touring and recording with the RX Bandits and The Sound of Animals Fighting has been my passion, as well as my career. I have experience playing drums live and in studio in many different styles and techniques. If you are a beginner, lets have fun and learn how enjoyable percussion can be, as well as get a solid foundation of rhythm and skills you can use forever and on any instrument. If you already play and want to learn something new, I have a ton of tricks and tips to help you build your library of beats, fills, and unique moves to help you stand out in the crowd. Or if you are simply looking to be a solid drummer who holds down the beat with reliability and precision, I can help with all areas of learning to hone your skills.

Message me with anything in the world you would
like to learn, whether its basic drum beats and rhythms, a song from your favorite band, new creative techniques, a specific style of drumming, or a new way of writing drums to the same old beats. Anything you would like to learn, I would like to teach you to the best of my abilities.
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Chris T.

Long Beach, CA 90815
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$35 / 30-min

About Theodore N.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Drums were my first instrument. I can teach you to play whatever style you want on drums. You only have to put in the practice.

About Theodore
I'm a composer, pianist/keyboardist, and drummer who likes to think out-of-the-box, but not without knowing what it's like to have been in the box. Everyone has to figure out what they want for themselves, and everyone has a different journey to figuring out what they want. In teaching composition, piano and drum performance, I'm here to tailor music lessons to the individual, based on what inspires that person most, and what they want to accomplish most musically.

Since age 14, I've played thousands of stages across the US with different gospel artists, was commissioned by the Grand Rapids Symphony of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the West Michigan Flute Orchestra, scored a film by Symmetry Films, and scored multiple theatre productions. And after all that, my number one goal through music is to help people find what inspires them.
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Ryan November 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Theo is a great teacher for piano. He is knowledgeable and adaptable, able to go off script and teach less traditional students as well as traditional students. I highly recommend working with Theo.
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Chris November 17, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Our two sons (10 and 8) had lessons with Theo for two years. Having worked with several music teachers with our older children, I can say with honesty that Theo is the most effective instructor I've known. he's very attentive to students' individual approaches, and structures lessons around specific interests and needs. For instance, one of our kids showed a strong interest in composition, so Theo helped him record his ideas, then they transcribed the music together. Both of our children grew quickly in skill and understanding during their time with Theo. We look forward to connecting with him again on this platform!
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Justin November 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My son was studying piano for several years and he wasn't progressing or really finding the passion he needed. That changed when we went with Theo for lessons. Our son really responded to Theo's way of teaching and they developed a great student/teacher relationship with him. Highly Recommended.
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Theodore N.

Los Angeles, CA 90041
(5)
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$34 / 30-min

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